CLCV Releases 2011 California Environmental Scorecard


*Press Release*

Contact: Jenesse Miller, CLCV (510-844-0235)

California League of Conservation Voters (CLCV) Releases 2011 California Environmental Scorecard

Scorecard Reveals Importance of Electing Environmental Champions in 2012 Election

OAKLAND, Calif. (Nov. 9, 2011) – The California League of Conservation Voters (CLCV) – the political arm of the environmental movement in California – announced the release of its annual California Environmental Scorecard today, one year prior to the 2012 election. The record of the year’s most important environmental votes (available at reveals how members of the state legislature and Governor Jerry Brown performed on the environment in the 2011 legislative session.

“If there is one takeaway message from CLCV’s 2011 Scorecard it is the need to elect environmental champions in 2012 who protect our air, water, wild spaces, and quality of life,” said Warner Chabot, CLCV Chief Executive Officer. “The combination of redistricting and open primaries will produce an unprecedented number of competitive races for the legislature in 2012. This represents a huge opportunity to elect a ‘green’ majority to the legislature.”

The 2011 Environmental Scorecard details how right-wing legislators used the recession to justify a record number of bills attacking California’s bedrock environmental protections. CLCV and its partners defeated the majority of these proposals while advocating for dozens of bills to expand clean energy usage and protect public health and natural resources. Working with several new lawmakers, the environmental community helped deliver several of these proposals to Governor Brown’s desk.

True to his campaign promise to be a champion for the environment, Governor Brown signed the vast majority of pro-environmental bills, including: a landmark bill to increase California’s renewable energy portfolio standard to 33% by 2020; a bill to protect babies and toddlers from a toxic chemical in bottles and sippy cups; a ban on the sale and possession of shark fins; and a package of legislation that makes clean drinking water more accessible for all Californians.

“Importantly, several of CLCV’s priority bills failed by only a few votes and never made it to the governor’s desk. This underscores the need to elect an environmental majority in California’s legislature,” said Chabot. “CLCV is hard at work to elect legislators in 2012 who will reject demands to roll back our landmark environmental laws. We need to elect leaders who will protect California’s natural heritage and state parks, safeguard the public’s health by working to improve air and water quality, and reduce our exposure to toxic chemicals. Finally, we must elect champions for clean technology and renewable energy opportunities that will keep California at the forefront of a new economic prosperity.”

2011 California Environmental Scorecard Highlights:

Governor Jerry Brown 83%
Average of all Assemblymembers 67%
Average Assembly Democrat Score 92%
Average Assembly Republican Score 19%
Perfect 100s      
(Allen, Ammiano, Butler, Cedillo, Davis, Feuer, Fong, Gordon, Hayashi, B. Lowenthal, Monning, Skinner, Swanson, Yamada)
Average of all Senators 61%
Average Senate Democrat Score 86%
Average Senate Republican Score 18%
Perfect 100s      
(Corbett, DeSaulnier, Evans, Kehoe, Liu, Steinberg)


Governors' Lifetime Scores since 1975
  1983-90 1991-98 1999-2003 2004-10 1975-82, 2011
Score 46 33 82 53 86
Governor  Deukmejian  Wilson  Davis  Schwarzenegger Brown

About the California League of Conservation Voters

The political muscle of the environmental movement in America’s leading environmental state, the California League of Conservation Voters (CLCV) is the nation’s oldest grassroots environmental political action organization. CLCV uses sophisticated campaign tools to help elect pro-environment officials and to hold them accountable for passing legislation to protect health, communities and the environment. CLCV publishes the annual California Environmental Scorecardwhich rates the actions of every state legislator and the governor on the state’s environmental priorities each legislative year. To learn lawmakers’ scores and read excerpts from the 2011 Scorecard, visit


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