Washington D.C. – Congressman Eliot L. Engel, a top member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, scored a 97 percent on the League of Conservation Voters’ 2016 legislative scorecard. The scorecard tracked important votes pertaining to the environment and conservation in both the House and Senate. The average score for a Member of the House was 43 percent.
“I am honored to once again score among the highest levels in Congress on the League of Conservation Voters’ Annual Scorecard,” Congressman Engel said. “I believe my 2016 score, in addition to my lifetime score of 92 percent, demonstrates my life-long commitment to protecting our environment, which needs to be a top priority for every elected official in government.
“Our planet is rapidly changing, and if we don’t work to solve the issues that rapid change presents now, we will have condemned future generations to a less hospitable world. Climate change and the role humans play in exacerbating it is undeniable.
“The EPA, which plays a vital role in protecting the American people from significant risks to human health and the environment, is now led by an Administrator who is openly hostile to the EPA’s mission. He has questioned climate change and blatantly sought to destroy environmental safeguards throughout his career. We cannot allow this agency to prioritize polluters over human health, and we cannot have an EPA that ignores science or our changing climate.
“The Paris Climate Agreement, of which I am a huge proponent, keeps America in a position of leadership when it comes to cutting global carbon emissions. We must ensure this vital agreement continues to be American policy, as part of a robust plan to move away from fossil fuels and create a new energy economy that fits the 21st century. Renewable sources of energy won’t just make our water cleaner and our air purer—they will drive our economic success into the future. I will continue to champion policies that protect and preserve our environment while fostering robust economic growth.”
Please note this press release was originally published on February 24, 2017 by Congressman Engel’s House of Representative’s office and posted to this website no sooner than 72 hours after initial publication.