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Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Ark. senators: perfectly green

Posted By on Wed, Dec 30, 2009 at 11:09 AM

Environment America, an environmental advocacy group, today lauds Arkansas's senators -- Mark Pryor and Blanche Lincoln -- for 100 percent voting records on seven environmental votes this year (on climate, clean energy, offshore drilling, etc.). Here's the full report. Our representatives do pretty well, too, on 15 votes, save, naturally Rep. John Boozman.


Senator Lincoln and Senator Pryor of the Arkansas Congressional delegation voted for the environment 100% of the time in the past year and a half, according to the annual Congressional Scorecard on major environmental issues released today by Environment America.
Environment America is releasing its annual scorecard as part of its national campaign to pass legislation in Congress to repower our economy with clean energy and cut global warming pollution. 
 “Senators Lincoln and Pryor have consistently voted to put the environment ahead of special interests.  In the past year and a half he/she successfully fought to invest an unprecedented $80 billion in clean energy and to protect more than two million acres of wilderness,” said Environment America Organizer Heather Emmert. “These scorecards are an important tool to educate the public about the voting records of their elected officials and to honor public officials like this that have a record of putting the environment first.”
Environment America scored 7 votes in the Senate ranging from an economic recovery bill that allocates $80 billion in clean energy investment to a bill to cap global warming pollution to protecting our coasts from offshore drilling.
“We applaud Senators Lincoln and Pryor for being heroes for the environment.  They were 2 of only 3 members of Congress from Arkansas to receive a 100 percent score for consistently voting to protect the environment,” said Heather Emmert.
With the help of these Senators, the 111th Congress is making progress in several key areas.  Already, the House of Representatives has passed a bill to begin to repower the country with clean energy and limit global warming pollution. 
“We urge other members of Arkansas congressional delegation to join with Senators Lincoln and Pryor and work to strengthen our environmental laws—to stop global warming pollution, move America towards a cleaner energy future, and clean up America’s most treasured waterways,” concluded Heather Emmert.

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