Thursday, July 7, 2016

Who soared and who failed on an eco scorecard

Posted By on Thu, Jul 7, 2016 at 1:24 PM

click to enlarge Protecting nature didn't fair well with many lawmakers from the Pikes Peak region, according to a new scorecard. - PAM ZUBECK
  • Pam Zubeck
  • Protecting nature didn't fair well with many lawmakers from the Pikes Peak region, according to a new scorecard.
When it comes to the environment, state legislators from El Paso County aren't very supportive, according to a scorecard put together by Conservation Colorado based on analysis involving other environmental groups.

Sen. Kent Lambert was among those with the lowest scores in the Senate, while Rep. Gordon Klingenschmitt brought up the rear in the House.

But several other lawmakers, including Terri Carver, Lois Landgraf, Bill Cadman and Owen Hill, scored badly. All of the above are Republicans.

On the other hand, the region's two Democratic lawmakers, Rep. Pete Lee and Sen. Michael Merrifield, were at the top in looking out for our natural resources.

Here's the release. Click on the link to find complete results.
Conservation Colorado today released its “2016 Colorado Legislative Conservation Scorecard,” an annual look at how every legislator voted on key environmental and energy bills in the state legislative session. The Scorecard includes an interactive map and other digital tools to help Coloradans hold their legislators accountable for their votes on issues involving Colorado’s land, air, water, and people.

“Despite a divided legislature, we had some great wins on conservation this year, from legalizing rain barrels to establishing the nation’s first holiday to celebrate our public lands,” said Conservation Colorado Executive Director Pete Maysmith. “But, not only did we have to fight too hard to pass these commonsense measures, we also faced a series of foolish attacks on our environment that would have put communities and public health in jeopardy.”

Here are top-line results from the Scorecard:

The average score was 57 percent.
11 senators had a score of 100 percent.
The lowest scores were Senators Kevin Grantham, Kent Lambert, and Vicki Marble at 9 percent each.
Senators of color had an average score of 84 percent.
The average score was 63 percent.
31 representatives had a score of 100 percent.
The lowest scores were Representatives Justin Everett, Gordon Klingenschmitt, Clarice Navarro, and James Wilson at 11 percent each.
Representatives of color scored an average of 83 percent.

Maysmith continued: “Our victories this year, as well as overwhelming grassroots support across the state, show that Coloradans are passionate about the environment. Unfortunately, this is not reflected in the leadership of the Colorado Senate, which this year gutted funding for clean air protections, tried to roll back our state’s progress in addressing climate change, and attempted to pave the way to sell off America's public lands. That's why Conservation Colorado, our partners, and members will work tirelessly to install pro-conservation leaders in the Senate who will help us advance environmental legislation in 2017.”

In addition to Conservation Colorado, members of the 2016 Colorado Legislative Conservation Scorecard Committee were: Alliance for Sustainable Colorado, American Alpine Club, Environment Colorado, Peak Government Affairs, Rocky Mountain Wild, Sierra Club, Southwest Energy Efficiency Project, Western Colorado Congress, and The Wilderness Society.

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