Republican and Democratic Lawmakers Release Environmental Scorecard for 2013 Session
September 25, 2013
AUGUSTA – Bipartisan legislators from western, southern and central Maine joined Maine Conservation Voters (MCV) to unveil the 27th annual Environmental Scorecard.
“The 2013 session produced mixed results for Maine’s environment,” said Maureen Drouin, MCV’s Executive Director. “But today we recognize those legislators, from both sides of the aisle, who showed the political courage needed to protect our air, land, water, and the health of our families.”
"I am so honored to receive a perfect score from Maine Conservation Voters,” said Representative Gay Grant, a first-term legislator from Gardiner. “Maine's clean air, water and spectacular beauty are keys to our economic health and a legacy we must protect for our children and grandchildren.”
For over 25 years, MCV’s Environmental Scorecard has provided nonpartisan, objective information to the public on the actions of their legislators. This year’s scorecard tracks each legislator’s votes on key environmental bills affecting water quality, land conservation, fisheries, GMO labeling, climate change and human health.
“As a representative who works with our natural resources every day, I feel that I need to be a good steward of those resources and my votes need to protect them,” said Representative Russell Black, a self-employed farmer and logger from Wilton.
Sixty-nine representatives and thirteen senators voted in support of conservation 7/7 times this year, including Senator Anne Haskell of Portland.
“As an outdoorswoman, I have always been dedicated to preserving the natural beauty of our state and my votes as a lawmaker reflect my commitment to protecting our environment,” said Haskell.
The Scorecard is mailed to over 13,000 households in Maine and is a tool for voters to determine which legislators are conservation leaders and which are laggards. A web version can be found at www.maineconservation.org.
“I’m proud to take a stand for conservation. Whether it’s the wildlife, the forests, the waterways, the coast or the mountains, the fundamental role of natural resources to Maine's heritage, economy and prosperity is clear. They deserve our steadfast stewardship so future generations can enjoy and benefit from them," said Assistant House Majority Leader Jeff McCabe of Skowhegan, who has a 100% lifetime score from MCV.
Several Republicans dramatically improved their scores this year, including returning Representative Don Marean of Hollis who began with a lifetime score of 41%, but achieved a 6/7 this year. First-term Representative Corey Wilson of Augusta also achieved a respectable 5/7.
"Maine needs to continue to lead the way in conservation," said Marean.
“Here in Maine, a clean environment and a healthy economy go hand-in-hand,” states Beth Ahearn, MCV’s Political Director. “The Scorecard tells voters which legislators are moving Maine forward, and which ones are taking us in the wrong direction. With this information, voters can hold their elected officials accountable with words of praise or disappointment.”
The mission of Maine Conservation Voters (MCV) is to ensure that the protection of our water, air, forests, wildlife, landscapes, and natural heritage is a political priority in Maine. We work in a non-partisan manner to pass strong laws to protect our shared environment, elect conservationists to public office, and hold lawmakers accountable for their actions.