Friday, December 14, 2007

2007 Environmental Scorecard

Several weeks ago, the California League of Conservation Voters, a powerful lobbyist group in California for the protection of the environment published the California Environmental Scorecard of 2007 (pdf file). This booklet has all of the information about the environmental measures that took place in the California government, and provides a rundown on ALL of the representatives in the California legislatures. Some features are the worst of 2007, which involves budget threats, indifference to the Central Valley Air Quality, and politics which involved the Fish and Game Commissioner being dismissed for sharing research on the impact of lead ammunition on condors (However, lead ammunition hunting has been banned in habitats of the California condor). For more optimism, there is the Best of 2007, which features cleanup of ports, more environmental friendliness among Republicans (but the subject is still HEAVILY partisan), even stronger support among Democrats for the environment, and improvement in organizing people to contact their representative (MAC campaign).

After the best and worst, come the numbers, which are essentially facts about the people of California and their representatives. To see the extreme partisanship in this issue, there were NO republicans who scored ABOVE 50% in the State Assembly or Senate. Meanwhile, there are only 2 Democrats who scored BELOW 50% in the Assembly and only 1 in the Senate. Next comes a list of the bills, which can be read by you. After that, comes the really interesting part. Individual scores for every senator and assemblyman, and the governor. I'm glad Schwarzenegger (I'm now able to spell that correctly the first time) had an improvement of 13%. Now, my senator (Mark Ridley-Thomas) and assemblyperson (Mike Feuer) both have perfect ratings, so I'm happy about that. If you live in California, take a look at this, and see how your senator/assemblyperson does. If they're good, that's great. If they're not, you have some action you can take. And if you don't live in California, well, you can see how the eighth largest economy in the world treats the environment in great detail. I hope you find it at interesting as I did. If you want to have this guide mailed to you, feel free to join the California League of Conservation Voters.

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