Congressman recognized for environmental advocacy

Apr 18, 2017 Issues: Environment

Congressman recognized for environmental advocacy

  • Standwood Camano News
  • 4/18/2017
The League of Conservation Voters in Washington, D.C., recently gave Rep. Rick Larsen (D-WA-02) a rating of 100 percent in its 2016 National Environmental Scorecard. The Scorecard has been a nationally accepted gold standard used to rate members of Congress on environmental, public health and energy issues.
 
Larsen has long worked to protect the environment; in 2016 he 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, among other efforts.
 
“Protecting Washington state’s environment is one of my highest priorities in Congress,” Larsen said in a news release. “The work to reverse climate change, preserve Washington’s pristine lands and waters and preserve wildlife is more important now than ever.”
 
In keeping with his interest in the environment, Larsen and Representatives Bill Posey (R-FL), Suzanne Bonamici (D-OR) and Frank LoBiondo (R-NJ) will serve as co-chairs of a new committee Congress formed in March to support estuary restoration in the United States.
 
The Congressional Estuary Caucus has 27 House of Representatives members nationwide. It was formed to unite lawmakers in supporting critical ecosystems and to provide a stronger voice for restoring the nation’s estuaries.
 
The co-chairs share a goal with lawmakers, environmental groups and concerned citizens to protect and promote estuary health. Upcoming events will promote caucus initiatives.