The environmental scoreboard puts politics above progress

Since 1970, the League of Conservation Voters, an environmental advocacy group, has used its “National Environmental Dashboardto track and evaluate legislators’ environmental votes. The LCV proudly proclaim the scorecard is the “gold standard” for assessing members of Congress’ environmental records.

Fifty years later, however, the group’s scorecard has been weaponized, from scoring relevant environmental votes to criticizing lawmakers’ positions on a host of unrelated policy issues, including police reform. and the certification of electoral votes for the 2020 presidential election. Yet, despite openly political positions, LCV complaints be a non-partisan organization and champ his ability to “drive action on environmental policy in Washington, DC”

Along with its penchant for straying from the environmental path, the League of Conservation Voters has run into notable turbulence regarding electoral law and to celebrate arresting its own activists while opposing the Keystone XL pipeline. VUL same opposite Nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court in 2018.

Additionally, the league has weighted its scorecard to reflect a number of votes that have nothing to do with the environment. The scorecard then scores the progressive stance as pro-environment to better reflect LCV’s Democratic allies. LCV rated members of Congress on several groundbreaking environmental policies: Voting Rights Actgranting to Washington, D.C., independenceand protect the US Postal Service. Voting “no” on Republican Sen. Tim Scott’s police reform bill, the Justice Act, was seen as the “pro-environment” position.

The ever-expanding scorecard is just one example of how the advocacy group has used climate change to push a progressive agenda across the board, rather than deliver solutions that promote future prosperity and reduce emissions that cause climate change.

For example, the organization is openly anti-nuclear energysame to connect to a letter to the US Senate in November 2020 stating that nuclear power “amplifies and extends the dangers of climate change”. However, nuclear energy provides safest opportunity for abundant clean energy, currently accounting for 20% of electricity production in the United States.

The CVL and similar groups have been at the forefront of the movement that has succeeded in politicizing climate change. An environmental advocacy group should rate lawmakers on their work to tackle the root causes of climate change, not whether or not they voted to impeach a former president or voted for a partisan bill on voting rights. By avoiding all Republicans in Congress, LCV only hurts its ability to offer real solutions.

We need young people to champion common sense solutions, which often means being open to working with both sides of the political aisle. It is time to move beyond politicization and adopt a pragmatic tone to successfully confront climate change.

As long as we allow rhetoric to trump action, real climate progress will stagnate. Young people are hungry for solutions; Instead of inserting politics where it doesn’t belong, we should seize the opportunity to strengthen America’s clean energy industry, promote actionable natural climate solutions, and streamline burdensome regulations that prevent us from decarbonizing. These are leads on which we should be able to rely.

Danielle Boucher@DaniSButcher) is the executive vice president of the American Conservation Coalition.

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