The Connecticut League of Conservation Voters has released its annual Environmental Scorecard, so you can see how your elected leaders voted on environmental issues that matter most to you in 2013. Download your copy here!
According to the League, the 2013 legislative session was fraught with twists and turns resulting in some very significant environmental wins but also a few tough losses and missed opportunities.
Funding for clean water programs and open space protection were big wins this year. A powerful grassroots campaign that resulted in a first-in-the-nation bill requiring labeling of food containing GMOs (Genetically Modified Organisms) was a shining example of the power of individuals banding together for a common cause.
Unfortunately, energy issues proved to be the most contentious, pitting environmental advocates against lawmakers and the Administration. In the end, progress was made in energy efficiency but a retreat from the state’s commitment to clean energy goals left us very disappointed. And the state's ambitious plan for dramatic expansion of natural gas pipelines leaves many unanswered questions as legislation to ban disposal of toxic fracking waste (a by-product of natural gas extraction) in Connecticut, failed.
All of these issues and more are detailed in the 2013 Environmental Scorecard.
Click on the cover image of the 2013 Scorecard or the link below to view the full edition in PDF. We also have links available below to the 2013 Scorecard Media Release and the 2013 Lifetime Scores for your information.