DATE: October 30, 2002
BACKGROUND: The League of Conservation Voters
has once again issued its environmental scorecard and list of
"dirty dozen" candidates targeted for defeat in the
November 5 election. As usual, the scorecard's selection of issues
and phraseology seems designed to promote Democrats and denigrate
TEN SECOND RESPONSE: The LCV's interest appears to be political
THIRTY SECOND RESPONSE: Candidates should be proud to score
low on LCV's environmental scorecard. The LCV's extreme agenda
is harmful to the American people, particularly working Americans,
children, families, minorities and the disadvantaged, and seniors
on low fixed incomes. The LCV's positions cost American jobs,
deny affordable housing - particularly to minorities and the poor
- and make America more dependent on foreign energy.
DISCUSSION: "The 2002 national environmental
scorecard is a great tool for voters to gauge which candidates
are on their side when it comes to clean air, safe water and open
spaces, and which are not," LCV president, Deb Callahan told
the Environment News Service.
To get a high LVC rating, a
candidate would have had to vote:
A sure sign of LCV's bias is
that while one Senate candidate, John Sununu, New Hampshire Republican,
made the so-called "dirty dozen" list with a rating
of 36 on the environmental scorecard, nine Democrat House candidates
with as low or lower score - Cramer of Alabama, Dooley of California,
John of Louisiana, Shows of Mississippi, Carson of Oklahoma, Tanner
of Tennessee, as well as Sandin, Turner and Hall of Texas - were
not on the list.
FOR MORE INFORMATION: See Ten Second Response #22802:
League of Conservation Voters Scorecard Ignores Important Environmental
Votes, But Includes Abortion and Campaign Finance Reform by Christopher
Burger (2/02), available at http://www.nationalcenter.org/TSR22802;
Ten Second Response #12802b: League of Conservation Voters
Gets It Wrong on Bush Record by Tom Randall (1/02) at http://www.nationalcenter.org/TSR12802b;
Ten Second Response #90601: League of Conservation Voters
Urges Members to Contact Senators as ANWR Vote Approaches by Gretchen
Randall (9/01) at http://www.nationalcenter.org/TSR90601.
For a copy of LCV's National
Environmental Scorecard, go to http://www.lcv.org/scorecard/index.asp.
To get a detailed 1996 report
on LCV's left-wing political agenda, see "Environmental Activist:
League of Conservation Voters," at http://www.nationalcenter.org/dos7113.htm.
For 1995 and 1996 analyses of
LCV campaign donation practices showing a correlation between
LCV PAC donations and left-wing voting patterns of the recipients,
see The National Center's "Greenbacks for Green Votes"
and "Greenbacks for Green Votes 2" at http://www.nationalcenter.org/green2.html.
by Tom Randall, Director
John P. McGovern, MD Center for Environmental and Regulatory Affairs
The National Center for Public Policy Research
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