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E-M:/ Scorecard: Access to the scores via the Web

Enviro-Mich message from Lisa Wozniak <lcvmi@igc.apc.org>

Another update re: yesterday's LCV National Environmental Scorecard
release.  Includes info on how to access the entire scorecard via the Web.  

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>Date: Tue, 03 Feb 1998 13:54:19 -0500
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>From: LCV <lcv@lcv.org>
>Subject: Environmental Ratings for Congress Released
>1997 Environmental Ratings for Congress Released 
>Learn how Your Representatives and Senators Vote on the Environment
>You may care about protecting the environment, 
>but do your Members of Congress? 
>Find out through the just-released National Environmental Scorecard at 
>The League of Conservation Voters today released the 1997 National 
>Environmental Scorecard which rates each Member of Congress on the 
>most important environmental votes cast during the First Session of 
>the 105th Congress.
>The LCV National Environmental Scorecard includes the key Congressional 
>votes in 1997 on environmental issues including clean air, wildlife 
>protections and funding of environmental programs, as determined by 
>experts from 27 environmental and conservation groups. Based on the 
>tallies, the LCV Scorecard assigns a percentage score to every 
>Representative and Senator. A 100 percent score indicates the strongest 
>voting record in support of the environment, while a 0 percent score 
>shows consistent voting against environmental protection.
>"The leaders in Congress are leading in the wrong direction on the 
>environment," said LCV President Deb Callahan. The top members of 
>the Senate majority leadership team scored a "zero" on the 1997 LCV 
>Scorecard, while Chairmen of the major committees in the House that 
>affect environmental issues earned an average six percent. "With 
>leaders like this, it's no wonder we haven't seen Congress take the 
>lead to protect the health of our environment," Callahan said. The 
>Senate Minority leadership averaged 81 percent. 
>On average, Members in both the House and Senate cast more votes 
>against environmental protection than for it. The national average 
>score is 47 percent for all Members of the House and 46 percent for 
>the Senate. While 133 Members scored over 80 percent, 182 Members 
>scored under 20 percent.
>LCV has launched a redesigned homepage and online Scorecard for 
>accessing and analyzing the environmental scores. You can find LCV's 
>1997 National Environmental Scorecard at http://scorecard.lcv.org. 
>The online Scorecard offers individualized pages for all 535 Members 
>of Congress, state delegations and the entire House and Senate. You 
>can use a zip code "look-up" feature to determine your Representative 
>and Senators scores, or search by particular issue areas. 
>In addition to viewing each Member's percentage score and the votes 
>considered in computing the scores, you can now for the first time 
>create customized searches and detailed analysis on LCV's web site. 
>For example, you can generate averages for sub-groups of the House 
>or Senate based on any combination of party affiliation, gender, 

>state, regional location or committee assignment.
>After searching the database, you can communicate directly with Members 
>of Congress by sending e-mail messages concerning their environmental 
>ranking. You can also learn more about your Member by linking to his 
>or her individual home page from our site.
>"Just as television revolutionized politics in America in the 1960's, 
>the Internet now shapes the way we can communicate with voters and hold 
>elected officials accountable for their actions," said LCV President 
>Deb Callahan. "LCV's Scorecard has always been a useful tool for 
>highlighting how members of Congress rate on environmental protection, 
>but now the American public can log on to our web site, get the scores, 
>and immediately tell their Representatives and Senators that they know 
>the score. An informed electorate is a powerful electorate and through 
>the Internet we are helping citizens across the county know the score 
>on environmental protection in Congress."
>The League of Conservation Voters is the bipartisan political voice 
>for the more than nine million members of national environmental and 
>conservation groups. LCV is the only organization working full-time to
>educate citizens about the environmental records of Members of Congress.
Lisa Wozniak
Great Lakes Regional Director
League of Conservation Voters Education Fund
1018 Congress Street
Ypsilanti, Michigan 48197
313-485-1182 fax

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