Columbia, SC - the national League of Conservation Voters released this week its 2018 National Environmental Scorecard, including scores for the South Carolina federal delegation. The National Environmental Scorecard is the primary yardstick for evaluating the environmental records of every member of Congress, and is available online at scorecard.lcv.org.
“We would like to see our U.S. Congressional leaders make conservation-minded decisions when it comes to protecting the land, air, and water that South Carolina communities depend on,” said John Tynan, Executive Director of Conservation Voters of South Carolina. “We applaud Representative Jim Clyburn for his conservation leadership, with a score of 94% in 2018. When it comes to protecting our natural resources, we hope to see more of our federal delegation working in a bipartisan manner to protect the South Carolina we all love.”
The full list of votes from the second session of the 115th Congress from the South Carolina federal delegation can be found at scorecard.lcv.org. Congressman Jim Clyburn had the highest score of 94%, followed by former Congressman Mark Sanford at 40%. Other U.S. House and Senate members from South Carolina all scored less than 10%.
The 2018 Scorecard includes 35 House votes on clean air and water, lands and wildlife protections, investments in clean energy and so much more. In the Senate, the majority of the 14 votes scored are confirmation votes.
LCV has published a National Environmental Scorecard every Congress since 1970. The Scorecard represents the consensus of experts from about 20 respected environmental and conservation organizations who selected the key votes on which members of Congress should be scored. LCV scores votes on the most important issues of the year, including energy, public health, public lands and wildlife conservation, and spending for environmental programs. More information on individual votes and the Scorecard archive can be found at scorecard.lcv.org.
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