Thursday, February 23, 2006
On the Environment Kelly Gets a Failing Grade
You see, the League of Conservation Voters (LCV), the political voice of the national environmental movement and the only organization devoted full-time to shaping a pro-environment Congress and White House, has given Representative Sue Kelly an abysmal 17% ranking in its 2005 scorecard.
While Kelly's colleagues to the South and West, Congresswoman Nita Lowey and Congressman Maurice Hinchey, each received high marks (94% and 89% respectively), the LCV scorecard shows Sue Kelly at the very bottom of the list when it comes to the New York Congressional delegation and their support for the environment. Kelly has a long record of being on the wrong side of environmental issues. In 1995, after campaigning as a staunch environmentalist, Kelly voted for the so-called Clean Water Act, which made huge revisions to the original Clean Water Act of 1972. Pushed by the right-wing Congressional leadership, the bill eased dozens of pollution controls for industries and cities and repealed federal protections for most of the nation’s wetlands. In 2005, Kelly did not vote on an alternative energy plan that would bring immediate relief to consumers at the pump, increase the nation’s investment into renewable fuels and energy efficiency and crack down on price gouging. The measure called on the President to suspend deliveries to the Strategic Petroleum Reserve (SPR) and put the oil on the marketplace, which in 2000 brought down gasoline prices by 14 cents per gallon and crude oil prices by $6 per barrel.
Now, it wouldn't happen to have anything to do with the fact that the DNC has targeted Kelly this year, and that the LCV is acting in a political fashion to help the democratic party win this seat, allowing people like you to lie about the record.
To get a score that low do they have to clear-cut trees and pour chemicals into estuaries?
How can they get such a low mark?
She voted 8 times against environmental protection bills.
She didn't bother to show up 7 times to vote for or against environmental protection bills -- each no show counts as a negative.
She voted only 3 times for environmental protection bills.
Its simple math. And she's right in there with all those red state folks.
April 20 2005 must have been a busy day in the House. Mrs. Kelly did not vote on H.R. 6 Roll call # 29 and 32 either. That was when she was absent for personal leave. Of course on the Energy Omnibus Bill HR 4503 Kelly voted NO "to ENHANCING ENERGY CONSERVATION and research and development, to provide for security and diversity in the energy supply for the American people." sounds very environmentally conscious, doesn't she? Oops. But wait there's more... Kelly voted again on HR 6 roll call 445 - ah! she had a chance to redeem her environmentally conscious record! Oops again, she voted NO "to ensure jobs for our future with secure affordable and reliable energy." This was simply a vote "to adopt a conference report that DEVELOPS an energy policy!" You mean we still don't have one? oh wait, "that addresses tax incentives, CONSERVATION strategies, REGULATORY standards, research and development programs, ENERGY EFFICIENCY, and ALTERNATIVE ENERGY programs. Phew! I'm sure glad she is so Green. NOT GREEN AT ALL! The environment is not only about the PORK she tries to bring home at election time.
Representative Kelly should join with her President as the IMPOSTOR she truly is!
And now, she gets a low rating, and we should believe that NOW they are really telling the truth and this has nothing to do with the fact that the DNC badly wants to win her seat to take back control of the house? Hypocrisy reigns supreme with you guys, it seems.
On top of that LCV pushed a very radical agenda, pushing the most extreme positions on almost every issue, including those based on junk science like global warming. And yet, with their wingnut agenda, they still supported her and gave her high marks. Were they that afraid of her for some reason, or are they just a bunch of opportunists posing as activists?
Here's the real story: Of the 18 votes tracked by LCV, 6 of those votes did in fact occur on April 20-21 when Kelly missed voting for personal reasons. But of the 12 votes tracked by LCV that Kelly did vote on, she voted against the LCV 9 times and for them only 3 times. That's not exactly a stellar record.
Furthermore, five of those votes passed by very slim margins, with 3 passing by only 2 vote margins. Wanna guess which side Kelly was on? Not the LCV's!
Kelly's folks can keep spinning. We'll keep writing about the facts.
You slur me with the label; partisan.