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Virginia Republicans Flunk Latest Congressional Conservation Scorecard


The latest Congressional scorecard from the League of Conservation Voters flunks every single Virginia Republican, including House members like Scott Rigell, Rob Wittman and Frank Wolf who’ll be trying to sell themselves as moderate in November. Committed opponents of clean air & water, public health, and wildlife like Eric Cantor, Randy Forbes, Bob Goodlatte, Morgan Griffith and Robert Hurt all scored in the teens. Meanwhile, Virginia House Democrats Gerry Connolly, Jim Moran and Bobby Scott all scored 100%. On the Senate side, both Sen. Mark Warner and Jim Webb scored 100%, though given that both support oil drilling off Virginia’s shores and Webb has opposed clean air regulations, neither is perfect on conservation.

What drew the LCV’s ire? Every single Republican voted for the House Republican budget resolution to gut the Clean Air Act & Clean Water Act, to protect billions in tax giveaways for oil corporations that banked $137 billion in profits in 2011, and to weaken offshore drilling safety rules even as they pushed to bring oil drilling to the Virginia coast:

  • Paba

    It’s at least a little heartening to see Whitman voting in the affirmative on Bay conservation issues. Scott Rigell, however, must not have ever driven north out of Va. Beach and seen that there is a Bay north of him. Either that, or he’s just dumb.

    Sad that people upstream like Bob Goodlatte doesn’t care, but that’s your conflict between agribusiness and downriver coastal dwellers for you. I lived that my entire childhood. I swear not all farm interests oppose wetland conservation in favor of using the worst chemical pesticides. Even organic farming skeptics like my father, who’s worked in agribusiness for almost 40 years, know that’s bad for seafood habitats and tourism.

    Can’t believe even Morgan Griffith did better than Cantor. Or maybe I can. Eh, pox on them both.