Local legislators get gold stars from League of Conservation Voters scorecard.
Thursday, February 25, 2010
Monterey County's electeds in Washington, D.C. are doing alright, according to the League of Conservation Voters.
LCV's National Environmental Scorecard for 2009 gives California Sens. Barbara Boxer and Dianne Feinstein and Rep. Sam Farr (D-Carmel) perfect scores, based on their votes on key bills impacting the nation's air, land and water; clean energy, public health and green jobs.
The scores also broke cleanly along party lines. Every Californian Democrat in Congress scored above 70 percent, while the state's 19 Republican representatives scored below 45 percent, with nine at zero percent.
Frank Emerson of Carmel River Steelhead Association blasts LCV for giving Sen. Feinstein a perfect score, despite what he calls her "great effort on numerous fronts to suspend [Endangered Species Act] protections for multiple specis that depend on the Sacramento River and the SF Bay/Delta. Everyhting from Killer Whales to Delta Smelt are going to be severely impacted if her efforts succeed in weakening pumping restrictions during fish migration periods."