Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Lamborn: A big zero in "most anti-environmental Congress in history"

Posted By on Wed, Feb 24, 2016 at 12:43 PM

Lamborn: A goose egg for his positions on our natural environment. - FILE PHOTO
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  • Lamborn: A goose egg for his positions on our natural environment.
As expected, U.S. Rep. Doug Lamborn, R-Colorado Springs, has drawn a blank when rated by the League of Conservation Voters for his votes on environmental issues.

But, sadly, it turns out Lamborn is part of what the League in a news release calls "the most anti-environmental Congress in our history."

The 2015 Scorecard, the news release says, includes votes cast during the first session of the 114th Congress on matters of clean air, climate change, clean water, environmental regulations, wildlife, and national parks and monuments. It includes 35 votes in the House of Representatives and 25 votes in the Senate.

Here's how Colorado’s Congressional delegation fared:
- Senator Michael Bennet, 84
- Senator Cory Gardner, 16
- Congresswoman Diana DeGette, 100
- Congressman Jared Polis, 91
- Congressman Scott Tipton, 3
- Congressman Ken Buck, 3
- Congressman Doug Lamborn, 0
- Congressman Mike Coffman, 3
- Congressman Ed Perlmutter, 83
Obviously, the delegation's Democrats scored near the top, while the Republicans did poorly.

Lamborn did the worst.

It's worth nothing that during his Feb. 19 speech at a Colorado Springs Regional Business Alliance luncheon, he didn't even use the words conservation or environment once. His only reference to climate came when speaking of the regulatory climate, which he said "inhibits more robust economic growth."

From a news release from Conservation Colorado:
“Coloradans across the board, led by people of color and young people, care deeply about our air, water, public lands, and wildlife,” said Pete Maysmith, Executive Director of Conservation Colorado. “That’s why we thank the members of Congress who reflected our state’s values and stood up as champions for our environment. We are very disappointed by those members who voted to attack our environmental laws and recent progress to protect our environment. We expect better from those that we’ve elected to represent our state in Washington, D.C.”

"We are particularly pleased to see that both of our Senators stood up for our national parks and public lands, voting to fund our outdoor spaces and protect the president's ability to work with Colorado communities to create new national parks and monuments,” continued Maysmith. “In particular, Senator Bennet has vocally supported the Clean Power Plan, the most important step we can take to move our country towards a clean energy future. At the same time, public opinion research tells us that Coloradans prioritize clean energy resources over the dirty fuels of the past, so we urge Senator Gardner to improve his record on commonsense measures to increase clean energy and cut carbon pollution."

“The 2015 Scorecard shows that the radical leadership in the House and Senate wasted no time pursuing big polluters’ agenda last year, and their environmental assault is well underway in 2016,” said League of Conservation Voters President Gene Karpinski. “Fortunately, we have a growing force of environmental allies, including the president, as well as many in Congress, who are working tirelessly to combat climate change, transition to a clean energy economy and safeguard our air, water, lands and wildlife.”
Despite Lamborn's miserable rating for looking out after our finite resources on Planet Earth, he'll probably win yet another term. He recently announced his bid for a sixth two-year term, and in the heavily Republican 5th Congressional District, he's a shoo-in.

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