Area Republicans get low environmental scores

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The California League of Conservation Voters gave all area Republicans low ratings on its annual environmental score card released in December.

The score card accounted for lawmakers’ votes for or against 22 bills singled out by the organization as “high priority.”

Among those bills monitored by the group was a package of proposals to create a state mandate that 33% of energy comes from renewable energy sources by 2020, a plan that was eventually vetoed. 

The group also followed legislation to put further restrictions on chemicals used in making plastic bottles for infants, which failed in the Legislature, a law that will require public utilities to pay back ratepayers who contribute their surplus solar power to their electricity grids, which was signed by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, and a bill to require the owners of multifamily housing complexes to provide recycling services for residents, which was vetoed by the governor.

Other bills accounted for by the organization dealt with protecting park lands, limiting greenhouse gas emissions, reducing chemicals in wastewater and limiting urban water usage.

Schwarzenegger scored low on the group’s ratings, matching with its position for 28% of the legislation followed in 2009, but area Republicans did worse.

Assemblyman Cameron Smyth (R-Santa Clarita) was the highest scoring local representative, matching the league’s stance at a rate of 24%, while Assemblyman Anthony Adams (R-Hesperia) was on the same page as the group 19% of the time.

State Sen. Bob Huff (R-Diamond Bar) had the worst score among area representatives, agreeing with the organization for 5% of its legislative positions in 2009.

Although Huff’s score was low, several Republicans statewide didn’t agree with the league once during 2009.

Assemblyman Paul Krekorian (D-Los Angeles) led area representatives on the score card, with a rating of 100%, while Assemblyman Anthony Portantino (D-La Cañada Flintridge) followed with a score of 90%.
State Sen. Carol Liu (D-La Cañada Flintridge) had the next strongest 2009 score, according to the group, at 81%.

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Written by Zain Shauk

December 31, 2009 at 1:06 pm

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