- Decisions coming soon on steel mill, smelter in New Madrid (11/17/17)1
- Cape attorney Brandon Cooper to run for judge (11/20/17)2
- Cape man accused of secretly recording women, posting to porn site (11/22/17)
- State audit: Bollinger County tax levies violate state law; county commission disagrees (11/17/17)3
- A Whopper of an honor: Local company named top Burger King franchisee (11/15/17)3
- Cape native co-directs Thanksgiving-related indie film, 'Drinksgiving' (11/17/17)
- The Tungsten Groove to release first album featuring original songs (11/17/17)
- 1 dead, 3 hurt in accident on Highway 72 (11/19/17)
- Thankful People: Kirsten Strebe recovers from traumatic car accident, brain injury (11/23/17)
- Rep. Swan opposes effort to fire education commissioner (11/20/17)2
Scorecard aims to gauge voting on environment
To the editor:
A recent letter was critical of coverage of the League of Conservation Voters' 2001 national environmental scorecard as an example of "the media promoting liberalism in the guise of protecting the environment" for including votes on campaign-finance reform and international family planning.
These claims could not be further from the truth. Scorecard votes, chosen by a bipartisan committee of environmental and political leaders, are designed to distinguish those representatives and senators who, when faced with a clear choice between protecting the environment and siding with special corporate interests, choose the environment. Measures that pass unanimously or without a vote, like brownfield cleanup or salmon recovery, do not represent such a choice and are included on the scorecard only in rare circumstances.
Campaign-finance reform and international family planning were two votes out of the 22 used to determine the 2001 scores. Both are important environmental issues. Getting soft money out of politics is essential to eliminating the pervasive influence of polluting industries. Commonsense family planning reduces the depletion of increasingly scarce natural resources in developing countries.
The scorecard is intended to objectively evaluate the environmental voting records of federal elected officials, not to distinguish liberal, moderate or conservative ideologies. That is left for voters to decide.
League of Conservation Voters