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Environmental Scorecard

How did your congressperson stack up when it comes to voting for the environment? The National League of Conservation Voters (LCV) released its 2007 National Environmental Scorecard, which shows how each member of Congress voted last year on the major legislation related to environmental quality. The report also analyzes the overall voting trends in Congress, stating that 2007 marked “a turning point for the environment.”

One of the most notable environmental highlights for the year included the passage of the first increase in fuel efficiency standards for automobiles in decades. A number of long-standing pillagers of the environment were also replaced by representatives with a greener view of the world. For example, North Carolina representative Charles Taylor, who had a miserable lifetime voting score of 5% in regards to the environment, was replaced with Heath Shuler who scored a respectable 75% during his first year in Congress.

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