League of Conservation Voters Gives Larsen Top Marks For Environmental Advocacy
WASHINGTON, D.C.—The League of Conservation Voters has released its 2016 National Environmental Scorecard and Rep. Rick Larsen (WA-02) earned the highest possible rating of 100%.
“Protecting Washington state’s environment is one of my highest priorities in Congress,” Larsen said, “and the work to reverse climate change, preserve Washington’s pristine lands and waters and preserve wildlife is more important now than ever.”
For more than 40 years, the National Environmental Scorecard has been a nationally accepted gold standard used to rate Members of Congress on environmental, public health, and energy issues.
In 2016, Larsen – who has a long record of fighting to protect the environment – voted against efforts to attack the Clean Air Act, the Clean Water Act, the National Environmental Policy Act, the Endangered Species Act, and the Antiquities Act.
Last year, President Obama signed the bipartisan Water Infrastructure Improvements for the Nation Act, authorizing an effort Larsen spearheaded to make the largest-ever investment in Puget Sound restoration as part of the Puget Sound Nearshore Ecosystem Restoration Project. In May of last year, Larsen’s bipartisan bill to fund the National Estuary Program – which supports the comprehensive plan for Puget Sound recovery – became law. Larsen also successfully fought to designate San Juan Islands National Monument in 2013 and to protect 106,577 acres of national forest as part of the Wild Sky Wilderness in 2008.