February 25, 2011
Congressman Sam Farr joined 118 other House representatives in being awarded a perfect 100% on the 2010 League of Conservation Voters' national environmental scorecard. Senators Diane Feinstein and Barbara Boxer were also praised by the environmental group and given the highest possible marks.
The scorecard considered how legislators voted on issues from the gulf oil spill response to energy efficiency retrofit tax breaks, but focused mostly on ocean and coastal issues. Among the bills Farr supported: the Clean Estuaries Act of 2010, which reauthorizes the National Estuary Program for seven years and provides up to $50 million to helping identify vulnerabilities these fragile ecosystems face as a result of climate change; Funding to NOAA for water education programs under the Ocean, Coastal, and Watershed Education Act; and the Harmful Algal Bloom and Hypoxia Research and Control Act, which would establish a national strategy for addressing harmful algal blooms, and provide funding to regional strategies.
"I am honored to be recognized by the LVC with a 100% conservation score, and proud of the votes I have taken to support the health of our families and environment. I look forward to continuing to support our environment, and supporting alternative sources of energy that put us our country on a healthy path to long term environmental sustainability," Farr said in a statement.