ANN ARBOR, Mich. – Today, Michigan LCV released the Michigan delegation’s scores on the League of Conservation Voters’ 2022 National Environmental Scorecard highlighting how some members chose to take bold action to invest in clean energy, protect our health and tackle the climate crisis, while others stood by. The Scorecard is the primary yardstick for evaluating the environmental records of members of Congress since 1970 and is available for download here, in Spanish here, and online at scorecard.lcv.org.
“Last session, members of Congress voted on the most consequential legislation in history to transition our country to clean, renewable energy, create high-paying jobs, save Americans money, and address the climate crisis with the Inflation Reduction Act,” said Bentley Johnson, Federal Government Affairs Director for the Michigan League of Conservation Voters. “In 2022, Michigan had nine Congressional members take a stand for cleaner air and water and a livable future for our kids and grandkids. Unfortunately, many other members of Michigan’s delegation sided with corporate polluters rather than the people of Michigan. The LCV scorecard provides a clear, impartial way for Michiganders to understand what side their lawmaker falls on. It is a tool to hold our elected leaders accountable.”
In 2022, Congress passed the landmark Inflation Reduction Act (IRA), the single-most significant action to address climate change in U.S. history. The Inflation Reduction Act provides billions of dollars to states for weatherizing homes, rebuilding our infrastructure, investing in clean energy, and boosting electric vehicles. Nine of Michigan’s Congressional Delegation – all Democrats – voted yes on this legislation.
“What a year of historic progress! In 2022, pro-environment majorities in the House and Senate showed the world what’s possible when leaders are committed to delivering the action on climate, clean energy, jobs and justice voters demand,” said LCV Senior Vice President of Government Affairs Tiernan Sittenfeld. “In a year that saw more suffering from the climate crisis and more pain at the pump as oil and gas companies raised energy costs, environmental champions in Congress took transformative climate action to begin to insulate the U.S. from volatile fossil fuel prices and build an affordable clean energy future. This year, we are all in to support the swift, effective, and equitable implementation of the Inflation Reduction Act, work with Michigan’s champions in Congress to continue to fight for popular action on climate and environmental justice and block attempts to roll back environmental safeguards, and support the Biden-Harris administration’s finalization of critical health and climate protections across the agencies.”
The 2022 Scorecard includes dozens of votes on other impactful climate and environmental bills, as well as a number of votes in both chambers on legislation that would strengthen democracy including the John Lewis Voting Rights Act and the DISCLOSE Act. To safeguard equity, LCV’s 2022 Scorecard included votes in both chambers to protect same-sex and interracial marriages as well as reproductive rights.
For the first time this year, the Scorecard includes a new section highlighting the high-scoring leadership of the Tri-Caucus. Leadership of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus (CAPAC), Congressional Black Caucus (CBC), and Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC) scored an average of 98% on the 2022 Scorecard and were instrumental in passing bold, pro-environment legislation, championed strong pro-democracy policies, and worked to address environmental injustice.
The full delegation’s scores for 2022 are:
Senator Debbie Stabenow (D) – 100 percent
Senator Gary Peters (D) – 96 percent
Representative Debbie Dingell (D) – 100 percent
Representative Rashida Tlaib (D) – 100 percent
Representative Andy Levin (D)* – 100 percent
Representative Brenda Lawrence (D)* – 95 percent
Representative Dan Kildee (D) – 95 percent
Representative Elissa Slotkin (D) – 95 percent
Representative Haley Stevens (D) – 95 percent
Representative Fred Upton (R)* – 42 percent
Representative Peter Meijer (R)* – 32 percent
Representative Jack Bergman (R) – 11 percent
Representative Bill Huizenga (R) – 11 percent
Representative John Moolenaar (R) – 11 percent
Representative Tim Walberg (R) – 5 percent
Representative Lisa McClain (R) – 0 percent
*No longer in office