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League of Conservation Voters


Q. What exactly does the League of Conservation Voters accomplish, and how do they operate? I’m considering joining. – Susan, CO

A. As Groucho Marx once said, Susan, “Politics is the art of looking for trouble, finding it, misdiagnosing it, and then misapplying the wrong remedies.” And ain’t that the truth. So you’re wise to check out the League of Conservation voters, because it really will prep you to make a sound eco-decision, come election day(s)—not to mention make a discerning debate-speak critic out of you. After all, it’s important to be able to call politician’s bluffs when you need to, and equally important to sound devastatingly intelligent while making green chit-chat over cocktails. So take a peek at the League’s National Environmental Scorecard to get the hard facts on environmental legislation recently discussed in Congressional sessions, and to see how various reps have been casting their votes lately. If you like what you see on the League’s site, take about 1.2 seconds to join—just enter your email and zip, and you’re in. No obligations, just information.

In addition to arming you, the voter, with the stats that will help you vote green, the League also runs campaigns that work to obstruct the bad guys (anti-environment) and give the good guys (pro-environment) a boost. The League’s Dirty Dozen target list, released every election year, names twelve members of Congress who consistently vote against the environment and are up for re-election in races where LCV has a serious chance to affect the outcome,” and garners a great deal of attention every time.

Lastly, Susan, although we know it’s a cardinal sin to be too inquisitive about a woman’s age, we can’t help wondering if you are perhaps within Facebook age range? If so, you might be interested to know that Facebook has a League of Conservation Voters group, complete with political video content, political cartoons, and profiles of your fellow treehugging green voters.

-         Tobin Hack

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