Monday, February 22, 2010

Some non-news from Kingsport Times-News

Scorecard puts Roe second from bottom on environmental issues
By Hank Hayes

U.S. Rep. Phil Roe tied for having the second-lowest score in the Tennessee congressional delegation in an environmental advocacy group’s national ranking on selected votes involving conservation issues.

Tennessee Conservation Voters joined the Washington, D.C.-based League of Conservation Voters (LCV) Monday in an e-mailed release of the 2009 National Environmental Scorecard.

The scorecard examined 11 Senate and 13 House votes dominated by clean energy and climate change but also encompassing other environmental issues such as public lands, water and wildlife conservation.

Roe, R-1st District, got 7 percent out of a possible score of 100 percent. He got those points for voting for a clean water funding measure in March 2009. He got zero points for voting against House climate change legislation, a homeland security bill to protect against acts of terrorism against chemical facilities, and an appropriations bill for environmental funding.

Roe tied with U.S. Rep. Jimmy Duncan, R-2nd District.

U.S. Rep. Marsha Blackburn, R-7th District, received a zero score, while U.S. Rep. Zach Wamp, R-3rd District, a Tennessee gubernatorial candidate, got a 14 percent score.

Tennessee GOP U.S. Sens. Lamar Alexander and Bob Corker received 27 percent and 9 percent, respectively.

U.S. Reps. Steve Cohen, D-9th District, and Bart Gordon, D-6th District, both received 100 percent scores.

The bills and the congressional votes can be found online at