Louisiana representatives fare poorly on environmental group's report card

On behalf of Rock Palermo of Veron, Bice, Palermo & Wilson, LLC posted in Environmental Law on February 21, 2013.

The League of Conservation Voters has given most of Louisiana's national elected representatives unflattering grades in its recently issued report card on Congress.

Now, one person's definition of what constitutes being "pro-environment" or "anti-environment" could easily differ from another person's, of course, but the League of Conservation Voters is a longstanding and generally well-respected organization, so we think its opinions are worth at least noting.

According to the League, Rep. Cedric Richmond (D. - New Orleans) cast "the environmental vote" 71 percent of the time, while Sen. Mary Landrieu chose the pro-environment option 50 percent of the time.

Unfortunately, those two representatives are the only ones who fared decently. All other national elected representatives cast the pro-environment vote only between 3 and 9 percent of the time, according to the League.

In a statement, the League called the House of Representatives "the most anti-environmental House ever." It also criticized Congress' response to large-scale environmental issues, like Hurricane Sandy and climate change. As far as Louisiana, it chastised representatives for failing to consider the environment, even when their constituents face as many environmental hazards and challenges as they do.

As environmental law attorneys, we pay close attention to what our representatives do (and do not do). We believe there is room for improvement, of course, but the idea that most of Louisiana's elected representatives scored less than 10 percent caused us to raise the proverbial eyebrow.

When it comes to environmental matters, what do you think of the track record of Louisiana's elected representatives? Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments section.

Source: The New Orleans Times-Picayune, "Most Louisiana members get low grades from environmental advocacy group," Bruce Alpert, Feb. 20, 2013

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