Monday, December 12, 2016

Cathy McMorris Rodgers anti-conservation record is disturbing

 The following is from a press release issued by the Wilderness Society:

McMorris Rodgers has a lifetime score of 4% pro-environmental votes according to the League of Conservation Voters, with a score of 0% for 2015, the most recent year with data available. During her decade in Congress, the LCV categorized 69 roll call votes as relating to lands and forests, with McMorris Rodgers voting “pro-environment” only three times. [1]
  • Voted in 2015 to undercut the president’s authority under the Antiquities Act to protect public lands as national monuments in seven western states.[2]
  • Voted in 2015 for measure that would block any efforts to raise the royalty rates on oil and gas produced on onshore federal public lands.[3]
  • Voted in 2014 for H.R. 4899, the Lowering Gasoline Prices to Fuel an America That Works Act, which would prioritize drilling on our public lands and waters over other activities such as hiking, hunting, and fishing.[4]
  • Voted for H.R. 3590, the Sportsmen’s Heritage and Recreational Enhancement (SHARE) Act of 2013, which contains harmful measures undermining the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), the Wilderness Act, and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The bill includes language that could allow the use of motorized vehicles, road construction, and other forms of development within protected wilderness areas, and it blocks input from public stakeholders in National Wildlife Refuge management decisions.[5]
  • Voted in 2012 for H.R. 6223, which cut funding for conservation programs to pay for livestock disaster assistance.[6]
  • Voted in 2012 for H.R. 2578, the so-called Conservation and Economic Growth Act, a sweeping assault on America's lands and wildlife that would block or roll back conservation laws on federal lands, gut environmental review, and privatize public lands.[7]
  • Voted for H.R. 2021, the so-called Jobs and Energy Permitting Act of 2011, which would allow oil companies to sidestep critical Clean Air Act protections and avoid common-sense air pollution limits on their offshore drilling operations.[8]
  • Voted for amendment to H.R. 1, the Full-Year Continuing Appropriations Act of 2011, to cut by 90% the bill's already minimal allocation for the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF).[9]
  • Voted to authorize offshore drilling, including in the Arctic in 2006.[10]
  • Voted in 2005 for H.R. 4242, the Budget Reconciliation Bill that contained a controversial provision that would have fundamentally rewritten national mining policy by ending a decade-long Congressional ban on the sale of public lands to mining companies. These lands include Bureau of Land Management tracts and certain areas within national parks and forests.[11]
The lady is looking better each day!

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