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Saturday, February 23, 2008

Blog Posts from Michigan League of Conservation Voters

Scoring our Lawmakers in D.C.

Michigan League of Conservation Voters teamed up with the National LCV to release the 2007 Environmental Scorecard. This scorecard is based on a scale of 0 to 100, and it was scored on the number of pro-environment votes cast out of the total number votes during 2007. Absences are counted as a negative vote. The 2007 scorecard includes fifteen Senate Votes and twenty House votes on a range of issues, including energy, global warming, environmental funding, mining reform and the farm bill.

Let's get down to business…how did the Michigan delegation score?

Our two U.S. Senators – Carl Levin and Debbie Stabenow each scored 67 percent with a lifetime score of 77 percent for Levin and 81 percent for Stabenow. Their no votes on one set of the CAFE and Energy Efficiency legislation as well as no votes on subsidy reform for the Farm Bill brought their scores down significantly.

A few more highlights include Representatives Dingell and Sandy Levin scoring 90 percent with lifetime scores of 72 percent for Dingell and 87 percent for Levin. On the other end of the spectrum Congressman Camp has clearly decided he is against protecting the environment with a score of 0 and lifetime score of 10 percent. Hoekstra, Walberg and Rogers all scored 5 percent. Mr. Knollenberg who is number 2 on National LCV's dirty dozen list scored 20 percent with a lifetime score of 8 percent.

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Dow, Nestle Should Be Held Accountable, Not Praised
Last month, U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon praised Dow Chemical and Nestle for being part of global water solution. The headlines broke just a few days after thousands of Michiganders filed a class action lawsuit against Dow Chemical Company for their massive contamination of the Tittabawassee River.

Dow and Nestle aren't part of the global water solution: they are part of the Michigan water crisis.

Dow Chemical Company should not be praised for causing the largest dioxin contamination in the country! Nestle shouldn't be praised for bottling our water and taking it away from the Great Lakes region! These companies should not be praised for their misdeeds; they need to be held accountable for their actions.