A score only a football could love

Alabama's Congressional delegation fell far short of the environmental goal line in 2011

In football, 21-14 would be a respectable score. But this isn’t football.

Alabama’s House delegation bested Alabama’s Senate delegation by seven points in the annual League of Conservation Voters National Environmental Scorecard released today. But there is not much for Alabama’s seven House members to celebrate – that was 21 points out of one hundred to Shelby and Sessions’ average 14 points out of 100.

In what was a tough year for the environment in Congress, Alabama’s delegation again scored poorly in protecting America’s health, economy, and environment. The only shining star for the delegation was freshwoman Rep. Terri Sewell who scored a respectable 80 on the scorecard. No other member of the delegation scored higher than 20, and several scored in the single digits.

The scores are based upon 35 House votes and 11 Senate votes taken by the 112th Congress in their first year. The League of Conservation Voters selects the bills to be scored on issues ranging from public health protections to clean energy to land and wildlife conservation. The House votes included in the 2011 Scorecard are simply many of the most significant votes taken in a year that saw the House voting more than 200 times on the environment and public health.

In football, we celebrate 21-14 scores. In the National Environmental Scorecard, those scores put Alabama at the bottom of yet another ranking.



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