The League of Conservation voters recently released its National Environmental Scorecard, which rates members of Congress based on how often their votes supported environmental protection measures. Personally, I’m a sucker for credible reports that hold members of Congress accountable for their actions.
Five representatives in Congress from Michigan and both U.S. Senators earned a score of 85 percent or greater on the 2012 Scorecard (meaning they voted in favor of environmental protection measures 85 percent of the time). Seven other House members earned a score of 10 percent or less.
One of the lowest scoring members of Congress happened to be the politician who represents my community and much of West Michigan: U.S. Rep. Bill Huizenga. He received a score of 11 percent. I’m guessing that Huizenga’s brazen attempt to manipulate the federal bureaucracy so that the SS Badger ferry could continue to dump filthy coal ash into Lake Michigan had something to do with his poor showing. (Go here to read more about that issue.)
Go here to see how your representatives in Congress voted on environmental issues, which are hugely important issue for Michigan’s economy and quality of life.