It’s maybe my favorite holiday. It might not actually be a holiday but it should be. Election Day is Nov. 6 and unless you’ve been living in a tent for the past two years (That’s friggin’ super cool if you have been), you’ve certainly heard how important this election is. I get the hype, but every election is important, folks.
I’ve never been a single-issue voter, and I’m not going to jump into the shark tank here and start talking politics, but I will admit that environmental protections are high on my list when I’m choosing a candidate, mostly because the economy isn’t going to matter a whole lot if we have land incapable of producing food and water that is so fouled we can’t drink it. The party is pretty much over when that happens.
With that in mind, I started poking around to see if I could turn up some info or at least a resource for you to consider if the environment is an issue you’re passionate about. Outside Magazine came to the rescue with a decent resource on Election Day voting.
The League of Conservation Voters has some useful information. Before we get too far, let’s be clear about this group and understand its mission.
“The League of Conservation Voters (LCV) works to turn environmental values into national, state and local priorities. LCV, as part of the Conservation Voter Movement along with our state LCV partners, advocates for sound environmental laws and policies, holds elected officials accountable for their votes and actions, and elects pro-environment candidates who will champion our priority issues.”
This is not an unbiased group and it does not pretend to be. That also does not mean there isn’t useful info on their website. I spent some time over the past few days culling through the site. Maybe the most useful thing I found was a listing of bills related to the environment and how members of Congress voted. You can find it in the LCV Scorecard section of the site. You can narrow your search by state and also select the topics most important to you. Is it clean energy, clean water, clean air, Cabinet appointments? You can read the piece of legislation for yourself. All of that information is there and let’s you judge for yourself if a candidate is worthy of your vote based on his or her voting record.
I hope you find this useful if the environment is an important issue for you. And don’t forget, Election Day is Nov 6. So get out and vote.