The League of Conservation Voters (LCV) works to turn environmental values into national, state, and local priorities, and the 2016 Environmental Facebook summarizes the backgrounds and environmental positions of newly elected federal candidates who were endorsed and/or financially supported by LCV Action Fund and/or state LCV partners. As in past election cycles, LCV Action Fund supported federal candidates who demonstrated a commitment to leading on climate change, promoting clean energy, and protecting our air, water, land and wildlife. It is worth noting that there are other pro-environment new members of Congress who are not included in this document for various reasons, and we look forward to working with them as well.
In the 2016 election cycle, LCV Action Fund endorsed Hillary Clinton for President as well as candidates in 17 U.S. Senate races and 87 U.S. House races. This cycle, we endorsed more candidates who better reflect the diversity of our country, including more women and people of color, than ever before. For a complete list of LCV Action Fund endorsements, including those of incumbents who were re-elected, please visit: www.lcv.org/endorsements.
The 2016 Environmental Facebook includes 4 new members of the U.S. Senate and 20 new members of the U.S. House. LCV is committed to continue working with both new and returning members of Congress to protect our environment and our health, to tackle climate change, and to build a clean energy future.
The newly elected officials included in the Environmental Facebook completed a comprehensive League of Conservation Voters questionnaire on a wide variety of energy, environment, and public health issues. The icons on the following pages illustrate where these newly elected officials stand on ten key issues included in the LCV questionnaire. In some cases, omission of a particular icon simply indicates that the candidate’s response was too nuanced to warrant an icon.
|SUPPORT FOR the Environmental Protection Agency using its authority under the Clean Air Act to reduce carbon pollution from power plants and opposition to legislative attempts to block, weaken, or delay these safeguards.|
|SUPPORT FOR legislation reducing carbon pollution by at least 28% by 2025 and 80% by 2050, investments in climate change preparedness in the U.S. and abroad, and a fair and ambitious global climate change agreement.|
|SUPPORT FOR clean energy tax incentives, including permanently extending the production tax credit (PTC) and the investment tax credit (ITC).|
|SUPPORT FOR ending taxpayer subsidies for large oil companies and other giveaways for fossil fuels.|
|SUPPORT FOR legislation to close loopholes for the fracking industry in our major environmental laws, including the Safe Drinking Water Act, Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act, and Resource Conservation and Recovery Act.|
|SUPPORT FOR legislation to reaffirm the historic scope of the Clean Water Act and for the Administration’s authority to protect our waterways, including seasonal streams and wetlands.|
|SUPPORT FOR legislation to ensure each federal agency makes achieving environmental justice part of its mission.|
|SUPPORT FOR reauthorization of the Magnuson-Stevens Act and shifting to a more comprehensive, science-based management approach to fully protect and restore America’s oceans.|
|SUPPORT FOR legislation to permanently authorize and fully fund the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF).|
|SUPPORT FOR legislation to permanently protect the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge from oil and gas development by designating it as wilderness.|
To see the full 2016 Environmental Facebook, click here.