BOSTON – Senator Jamie Eldridge (D-Acton) achieved a perfect score of 100 in the Environmental League of Massachusetts (ELM) Action Fund 2015-2016 Legislative Scorecard on the environment. The scorecard rates true legislative action, not merely votes. It also challenges AIM’s recent scorecard criticizing legislators on energy policy as lost in the 19th century, and failing to represent the long term interests of their own members.
“I am honored to be recognized by the ELM Action Fund as one of the Commonwealth’s leaders on environmental protection and energy conservation,” said Senator Eldridge. “Working with ELM this session led to the passage of key legislation that will reduce the Commonwealth’s dependence on fossil fuels by increasing the state’s clean energy production, and will require gas companies to repair dangerous leaks in underground gas lines.”
“When it came to votes this session, Sen. Eldridge supported our pro-environment agenda, but didn’t stop there. Sen. Eldridge demonstrated leadership on conservation. The ELM Action Fund is pleased to recognize him as an environmental champion,” said ELM Action Fund President George Bachrach. “We look forward to continued work together to protect our environment, improve public health, enhance quality of life, and grow our green economy.”
Beyond votes, the ELM Action Fund awarded additional points to lawmakers who led by sponsoring important legislation or authored “Dear Colleague” letters, and deducted points from legislators who filed anti-environment legislation. “Legislative scorecards are common but this is unique, measuring leadership, not just votes,” said Bachrach. “This is our best effort to give voters a sense of who is really on their side in the critically important work that takes place out of public view.”
In addition to receiving a perfect voting score, Sen. Eldridge was awarded bonus points for filing key environmental legislation to protect electric ratepayers from subsidizing gas pipelines, increase the net metering cap, improve water infrastructure, and safeguard the state’s environmental enforcement laws.
“We took major steps forward this year to combat the destructive effects of climate change, but we have to acknowledge that there is much more work to be done,” Sen. Eldridge said. “I look forward to continuing our push for a comprehensive progressive environmental agenda, one that includes more investments in solar energy, provides greater access to public transit, promotes energy efficiency, replaces single-use plastic bags with sustainable options, and significantly increases the number of zero emissions vehicles in Massachusetts.”
To view the scorecard, visit http://www.elmaction.org/legislative-scorecard.