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League of Conservation Voters Releases National Environmental Scorecard For Nevada’s Federal Representatives

Scores Show Nevada’s Democratic Delegation Championed Our Environment, Despite MAGA Republican Gridlock

Las Vegas, NV – Today, the League of Conservation Voters released its 2023 National Environmental Scorecard highlighting Nevada’s federal leaders’ work to protect our environment and democracy despite months of legislative attacks and partisan chaos caused by MAGA extremists in the Republican party. Since 1970, LCV’s Scorecard has been the primary yardstick for evaluating the environmental records of members of Congress. It is available for download in English here, in Spanish here, and online in both languages at scorecard.lcv.org

The 2023 Scorecard shows how Nevada’s democratic federal delegation fought back against attacks on our democracy and environmental protections. In the House alone, there were hundreds of dangerous votes to cater to Big Polluters and the most extreme MAGA wing of the Republican party. This was a dramatic change from 2022, when climate champions led both the House and Senate, passing the most significant climate and clean energy investments in American history, the Inflation Reduction Act. 

The extreme heat, rising utility costs, Nevadans have endured, required an all-of-government approach that the Biden-Harris administration and Congress in 2022 helped deliver, despite relentless attempts by the fossil fuel industry and other entrenched interests to put their profits first. This year, many in Nevada’s federal delegation led efforts to help local communities lower costs, protect the most vulnerable, and tackle the climate crisis. 

“Nevadans should be proud to have leaders who stand up against big polluters and attacks on our environment,” said Nevada Conservation League’s Executive Director, Kristee Watson. “Time is of the essence when it comes to safeguarding our environment and combating the climate crisis. Unfortunately, MAGA extremists would rather waste precious time, resulting in confusion and political gridlock that obstructs real solutions. Our Scorecard shows that Senators Cortez Masto and Rosen and Representatives Titus, Horsford, and Lee are working everyday to help secure a healthy environment and a clean energy future for all. Here at home, 69% of Nevadans have noticed significant effects from climate change over the past 10 years. We also have to ensure federal investments from Biden’s Clean Energy Plan reach every Nevadan. The future of our planet and our democracy are at stake.”

“Following the most productive Congress in history for climate action, 2023 was not only the hottest year on record, it was one of the least productive legislative years ever because of MAGA House Republicans’ extreme leadership,” said LCV Senior Vice President of Government Affairs Tiernan Sittenfeld. “The last Congress showed that transformational change that works for both our communities and our planet is possible when our elected leaders come together to pass meaningful legislation that will tackle the climate crisis and environmental injustice. In 2023, the near record number of House votes included underscores that the new House Republican majority did the bidding of Big Polluters and sought to undo the Biden-Harris administration’s historic leadership on climate change. We appreciate our allies in the House who consistently opposed these attacks and, thanks to champions in the Senate and the President’s steadfast leadership, these attempts to undermine the historic affordable clean energy plan were unsuccessful.”

The 2023 Scorecard highlights the leadership of the Tri-Caucus, including the history-making election of House Democratic Leader Hakeem Jeffries as the first member of the Tri-Caucus elected to lead either chamber. Leadership of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus (CAPAC), Congressional Black Caucus (CBC), and Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC) scored an average of 99% on the 2023 Scorecard. These champions in Congress led and supported many of the forward-looking climate, conservation, environmental justice, and equitable democracy bills and initiatives in 2023, in addition to helping to educate constituents and connect communities to the transformational investments within the federal Clean Energy Plan.

The full delegation’s scores for 2023 are:

Federal LeaderParty2023 ScoreLifetime Score
Senator Cortez MastoD94%96%
Senator RosenD94%96%
Representative TitusD100%96%
Representative AmodeiR0%7%
Representative LeeD100%97%
Representative HorsfordD97%90%

View the 2023 National Environmental Scorecard. 

LCV has published a National Environmental Scorecard every Congress since 1970. The Scorecard represents the consensus of experts from more than 20 respected environmental and conservation organizations who selected the key votes on which members of Congress should be scored. LCV scores votes on the most important issues of the year, including energy, climate change, environmental justice, public health, public lands and wildlife conservation, democracy, and spending for environmental programs. The votes included in the Scorecard presented members of Congress with a real choice and helped distinguish which legislators are working for environmental protection. More information on individual votes and the Scorecard archive can be found at scorecard.lcv.org.


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