WASHINGTON, DC—Congressman Jim Himes (CT-4) ranks among the most pro-environment legislators in Congress, according to the League of Conservation Voters’ (LCV) 2013 National Environmental Scorecard. Himes earned a grade of 96 percent for his work in the House last year, and a 95 percent since taking office. Click here for the scorecard.
“We have a moral obligation to preserve our planet for future generations, handing it over to our children in as good or better condition than we received it from our parents,” said Himes. “Unfortunately, the House Majority this Congress has taken it upon themselves to try to roll back important environmental protections and increase our reliance on dirty fossil fuels, and I was proud to stand on the side of keeping our air safe to breathe and our water clean to drink.”
Members of Congress were graded based on 28 votes on issues ranging from renewable energy investments to clean drinking water protection. According to the LCV, the 2013 House session was characterized by the Republican leadership “[continuing] its unprecedented assault on the environment and public health that began during the 112th Congress” and in which “climate change deniers ramped up their rhetoric, pushed harmful legislation that would exacerbate the climate crisis, and blocked all efforts to address it.” Throughout the year, Himes cast votes to uphold the Clean Air Act, protect national forests and public lands, and maintain funding for renewable energy and energy efficiency.