Thanks to Jim Miller, columnist for the Finger Lakes Times, for pointing out that the League of Conservation Voters has given our congressman, Rep. Tom Reed, an abysmal rating of 4 per cent on its national environmental scorecard for 2013. When it came to votes to protect the environment last year, Rep. Reed made the right decision — the pro-environment decision — just 4 percent of the time, placing him right at the bottom, with just one other member, of the New York House delegation.
Time and again, Reed cast votes to reduce environmental protections for our lands and forests, our water, and the air we breathe. Click through the list of his environment votes as compiled by the League. It’s not a pretty picture.
Martha Robertson, Reed’s opponent in November takes an entirely different stance on environmental issues. Here’s what Martha has to say:
“Across New York’s 23rd Congressional District, our environment forms the foundation of our community and our economy, and helps make this region a wonderful place to live. We are fortunate to have fertile farmland, lakes that nurture world-class grapes and wineries, abundant fresh water for agriculture and breweries, and forests and streams for hunting and fishing. This spectacular beauty draws countless tourists which help our small businesses and entrepreneurs thrive. Our economy rests on these foundations and I believe it’s critical that we build on our strengths in agriculture, tourism, and small businesses.”
Farmers, hunters, and all who enjoy the natural beauty of New York’s 23rd have the strongest possible incentive to vote for Martha on November 4.