FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 14, 2018
Ben Weiner, Communications Coordinator, Sierra Club Virginia Chapter
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Sen. Howell, Dels. Hope, Levine, Lopez and Sullivan earn 100 Percent in Sierra Club Virginia Chapter General Assembly Scorecard
Sierra Club scorecard inventories votes of Virginia legislators on energy and the environment
RICHMOND, Virginia – The Sierra Club Virginia Chapter published its annual Virginia General Assembly Climate & Energy Scorecard today. The commonwealth’s legislators were graded on their votes during the 2018 General Assembly Session on legislation impacting Virginia’s energy policies and standards to fight climate change.
“It is essential to focus on the decision makers close to home who are voting on state policies,” Corrina Beall, the Legislative and Political Director of the Sierra Club Virginia Chapter, said. “We cannot make strides in the environmental realm unless we hold our elected local officials accountable.”
For each vote supporting the Sierra Club’s position, a legislator received one point. If the legislator was also the patron of an environmental bill, that legislator received one additional “extra credit” point for the session. Cumulative points were then divided by the total number of opportunities to vote, creating a score that represents the likelihood that these legislators will support environmentally progressive policy.
This year, Sen. Howell (D-Reston), Del. Hope (D-Arlington), Del. Levine (D-Arlington), Del. Lopez (D-Arlington) and Del. Sullivan (D-Arlington) received a 100 percent, “A+” grade. All of their votes directly aligned with the Sierra Club’s values, making them top-tier environmental stewards. Del. Hope and Del. Lopez have scored a 100 percent every year since 2016.
The environmental issues evaluated include water quality, solar energy development, fracking, energy efficiency, flood protection, electric utility regulation and coal ash cleanup.
About the Sierra Club Virginia Chapter: The Virginia Chapter of the Sierra Club is over 20,000 members strong. We are your friends and neighbors working to build healthy, livable communities, and to conserve and protect our climate and environment. The Virginia Chapter is part of the national Sierra Club, the nation's largest and most influential grassroots environmental organization. For more information, visit http://www.sierraclub.org/virginia