Washington, D.C. - Congressman Brad Sherman received a perfect score on the recently released League of Conservation Voters' 2003 National Environmental Scorecard, demonstrating his commitment to environmental protection.
"I am honored to have received this recognition from the League of Conservation Voters, (LCV), a bipartisan organization devoted to educating citizens about the environmental voting records of federally elected officials," said Congressman Sherman. "My voting record on environmental issues reflects my strong commitment to protecting the health of our environment and the beauty of our natural resources."
Sherman was among only 43 House members receiving a 100 percent score. The national average was 46 percent for House members. Not surprisingly, the average score for House Democrats was 82 (voting for the LCV position 82% of the time), whereas the average score for House Republicans was 14 (voting for the LCV position only 14% of the time.) Votes on national energy policy were an integral part of the analysis, as were votes on forest management, Defense Department environmental exemptions along with clean air and clear water exemptions.
In addition to opposing efforts to drill in the Artic National Wildlife Refuge and off the California coast, Sherman has sought to protect wetlands and preserve the Santa Monica Mountain Recreation Area. Sherman is particularly disturbed that the administration has neglected to implement existing energy conservation technology and has not committed adequate resources for alternative energy research.
The Scorecard has been published by the LCV for every Congress since 1970, the year it was founded by leaders of the environmental movement following the first Earth Day. LCV is the political voice for more than nine million members of environmental and conservation organizations and the only organization working full-time to educate citizens about the environmental voting records of Members of Congress.