The Alaska Dispatch News published a piece today titled, Alaska lawmakers score low on environmental report card. Unfortunately, the author fails to mention to its Alaskan readers that The League of Conservation Voters bases its scorecard on policies that generally harm the Alaskan economy and its people. To see a few of these pro-growth, pro-Alaskan policies that received Congressman Young's AYE vote, see below:
- H.R. 1732, the Regulatory Integrity Protection Act of 2015, would overturn the EPA’s and Army Corps of Engineers’ massive expansion of federal jurisdiction referred to as the Waters of the United States (WOTUS) rule. In Alaska, this rule could create insurmountable hurdles for even the most basic activity, and cause significant damage to our local economies. The 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals blocked the implementation of the WOTUS rule nationwide in October.
- H.R. 1937, the National Strategic and Critical Minerals Production Act of 2015, legislation cosponsored by Rep. Don Young to addresses lengthy permitting delays facing domestic development of critical and rare-earth minerals – used daily in numerous telecommunication systems, military technologies, health-care technologies, and conventional and renewable energy technologies.
- H.R. 1335, the Strengthening Fishing Communities and Increasing Flexibility in Fisheries Management Act, legislation introduced by Congressman Young to reauthorize and improve national fisheries policy under the Magnuson-Stevens Act. The bill passed the House on June 1, 2015.
- H.R. 348, the Responsibly and Professionally Invigorating Development (RAPID) Act, bipartisan legislation that works to streamline permitting for federally-funded and federally-permitted construction projects. The bill aims to reduce costly and unnecessary red tape resulting in delays and frivolous litigation on American infrastructure and energy projects.
- An amendment to Department of Interior Appropriations that would limit funds from being use to designate new national monuments under the Antiquities Act in areas with expressed opposition.
- S.J. Res. 23 and S.J. Res. 24: two efforts to reject the EPA’s harmful carbon rule which has been opposed by a majority of states and was recently blocked by the U.S. Supreme Court.
- H.R. 702, which lifts the 40-year-old ban on exporting crude oil from the United States.
ICYMI: Alaska lawmakers score low on environmental report card (Alaska Dispatch News)
By Erica Martinson
WASHINGTON -- The League of Conservation Voters on Wednesday released its annual “scorecard” of congressional votes, and Alaska’s all-Republican delegation didn’t exactly make the honor roll.
Sen. Lisa Murkowski scored a 4 percent for her 2015 votes, Sen. Dan Sullivan grabbed a zero, and Rep. Don Young rang in at 6 percent.
The scores are a percentage of 100, based on 25 votes in the Senate and 35 votes in the House, all in 2015, the first session of the 114th Congress.
Given the highly partisan nature of environmental legislation over the last year, the vote card is filled with Republicans scoring in the single-digits and Democrats with scores in the 90-100 range.
Murkowski, chair of the Senate Energy Committee, has a “lifetime” score with the League of Conservation Voters of 18 percent. She received positive marks in 2015 for voting in favor of a climate change-friendly budget amendment that never made it into final legislation.
Young’s lifetime score is 9 percent. In 2015 the environmental group gave him positive marks for two votes, related to trade and clean energy funding.