League of Conservation Voters Awards Senator Feinstein Highest Rating in its National Environmental Scorecard
-Perfect Score Reflects Commitment to Environment and Conservation-
Feb 23 2010
Washington, DC – The League of Conservation Voters has awarded a perfect score to U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) for votes cast during the first session of the 111th Congress, recognizing her consistent commitment to environmental protection and conservation.
Senator Feinstein’s score of 100 in the National Environmental Scorecard, published this week, was based on an objective assessment by leading environmental and conservation experts, according to the League.
“Environmental protection has been and continues to be one of my highest priorities in Washington,” Senator Feinstein said. “As California’s senior senator, I feel a special responsibility for protecting and preserving our precious natural resources.
“California’s natural treasures are the envy of the world, but we could lose them if we aren’t careful. That’s why it’s so important to protect Lake Tahoe, our ancient redwoods, the California desert and the desert tortoise. And that’s why I’m committed to ensuring that our public lands are protected, that the causes of global warming are tackled, and that our coastline isn’t turned into a vast array of oil platforms.
“The League of Conservation Voters is dedicated to putting these kinds of issues front and center in the national conversation, and I’m glad we are working together to protect our environment for future generations.”
The League of Conservation Voters, a nonprofit organization, has published its National Environmental Scorecard for every session of Congress since 1970. Its latest assessment scored members on a variety of votes, including measures to protect public lands, advance clean energy, protect polar bears, oppose offshore drilling, and fund CIA efforts to study the national security implications of global warming.
During her 18-year Senate career, Senator Feinstein has engaged every major environmental issue facing California, including:
- Convening the discussions that resulted in the 1994 Bay-Delta Accord, which established three goals: developing water quality standards to protect the estuary; coordinating operations of state and federal water projects, and developing a long-term solution for the Delta.
- Authoring the 1994 California Desert Protection Act, to protect more than 7 million acres of pristine California desert. It was the largest such designation in the history of the continental United States, and established the Death Valley and Joshua Tree National Parks and the Mojave Natural Preserve.
- Brokering the 1999 deal to save the Headwaters Forest, a 7500-acre grove of ancient redwoods in Humboldt County.
- Authoring the Lake Tahoe Restoration Act of 2000, a major effort to keep Lake Tahoe blue. The legislation led to major investments in the environmental health of the Tahoe Basin, including $424 million by the federal government, $612 million by the state of California, $87 million by the state of Nevada, $59 million by local governments, and $249 million in in-kind contributions from the private sector.
- Leading the 2003 effort to transform 17,000 acres of salt ponds into wetlands in the San Francisco Bay in the largest wetland restoration project on the West Coast.
- Voting last year to stop an amendment that would have waived the Endangered Species Act in the Sacramento Delta.
- Co-authoring the Lake Tahoe Restoration Act of 2009, which would authorize $415 million over eight years to combat invasive species, improve water clarity, reduce the threat of catastrophic wildfire, and restore the environment. The legislation is designed to continue the work begun under the Lake Tahoe Restoration Act of 2000.
- Authoring the California Desert Protection Act of 2010, to designate nearly 1 million acres in the Mojave Desert for conservation, to enhance recreational opportunities, and to streamline and improve the federal permitting process to advance large-scale wind and solar development on suitable lands.