Minneapolis – Conservation Minnesota Voter Center today released the Minnesota delegation’s scores on the League of Conservation Voters’ 2018 National Environmental Scorecard. The Scorecard is the primary yardstick for evaluating the environmental records of every member of Congress, and the full report is available online at scorecard.lcv.org.
“As the Administration continued their assault on our most important environmental protections, Minnesota’s State Senators stood up for clean energy, public lands, and our lakes, land, and way of life,” said Conservation Minnesota Voter Center’s Executive Director Paul Austin. “We are proud to have these Senators in Congress working to protect Minnesota’s communities.”
The 2018 Scorecard measures votes cast during the second session of the 115th Congress. In Minnesota, 2 House members and both Senators earned a score of 75 percent or greater. The average House score for Minnesota was 40 percent and the average Senate score was 100 percent.
The full delegation’s scores for 2018 are:
Senator Klobuchar 100%
Senator Smith 100%
Rep. Walz 14%
Rep. Lewis 0%
Rep. Paulsen 34%
Rep. McCollum 97%
Rep. Ellison 74%
Rep. Emmer 0%
Rep. Peterson 20%
Rep. Nolan 77%
Rep. Walz and Rep. Ellison have historically received higher scores than they received for the 2018 session. Within LCV’s scorecard structure absences are scored as negative votes. Both Representatives had several absences as they campaigned for the state offices of Governor and Attorney General.
The 2018 Scorecard included 35 House votes and the Scorecard includes 14 Senate votes. Scores between parties reveals that, once again, a deep divide on conservation issues remains. Republican leadership drove their caucuses to an abysmal average score of eight percent in both chambers of Congress. In stark contrast, Senate Democrats and the Independents who caucus with them earned an average score of 95 percent, and House Democrats earned an average score of 90 percent.
LCV is excited to move forward after the 2018 session and the last eight years of working with an anti-environmental U.S. House. LCV Senior Vice President of Government Affairs Tiernan Sittenfeld says “We could not be more excited to work with the new pro-environment House majority to protect our air, water, lands, and wildlife, combat the climate crisis, and hold the Trump administration accountable.”
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, climate change, public health, public lands and wildlife conservation, and spending for environmental programs. The votes included in the Scorecard presented members of Congress with a real choice and help distinguish which legislators are working for environmental protection. More information on individual votes and the Scorecard archive can be found at scorecard.lcv.org.