44 NC lawmakers earn an absolute zero on the 2012 NCLCV Legislative Scorecard

The NC League of Conservation Voters (NCLCV) is out with its 2012 Legislative Scorecard today.

The group describes the recent short session as toughest for North Carolina’s environmental community since the 1970s, noting that the current General Assembly leadership has pursued an unprecedented and aggressive anti-regulatory agenda, including a move to:

• fast-track the legalization of untested hydraulic
• roll back rules to clean up key drinking water
• prohibit the adoption of policies regarding sea-level
rise for four years;
• pass a budget which cuts funding for the Clean Water
Management Trust Fund by 90% and dismantles and
underfunds the Department of Environment and
Natural Resources; and
• undermine our health-based air toxics program.

Since 1999, the League has handed out only four “zero” scores on its scorecard. This year during the 2012 Short Session, 44 legislators earned zeros. That score is based on how lawmakers vote on key environmental bills.

It’s also worth noting that the average score in the House for the 2011-12 session was 42%, down from 67% for the 2009-2010 average. The state Senate average was 31%, compared to 69% in 2009-2010.

On a positive note, 29 legislators earned a perfect score on this year’s scorecard.

To see how your legislators ranked, visit: http://nclcv.org/assets/pdfs/scorecard_2012.pdf


  1. Frank Burns

    October 1, 2012 at 11:39 am

    By proceeding with hydraulic fracking, industry and the State Regulatory Office are in full agreement. There is therefore no environmental problem with fracking. So you can take that zero back. Also the state legislature made the sensible, correct decision to base sea level predictions on actual historical data instead of climate models which have never been correct. Repeat, never been correct. Considering the Antarctic now has the highest sea level ice of record, there is no global warming. So you can take that zero back as well.

  2. david esmay

    October 1, 2012 at 12:06 pm

    Frank you are delusional, repeat, delusional and have never been correct on any assertion you have made on any subject, you’re batting 1.000.

  3. Frank Burns

    October 1, 2012 at 12:43 pm

    David, prove me wrong.

  4. david esmay

    October 1, 2012 at 1:23 pm

  5. Frank Burns

    October 1, 2012 at 1:32 pm

    Bad link on your part, but it references the Arctic. I was referring to the other pole, the antarctic. http://stevengoddard.wordpress.com/2012/09/30/sea-ice-sets-all-time-record-high/

    There is no concern with the Arctic. It has lots of land mass and supports 2% of the world’s ice mass. Antarctic ice is 90% of the world’s ice and it’s growing.

  6. david esmay

    October 1, 2012 at 1:37 pm

    One caveat Frank, when you start claiming Antarctica is gaining ice, you need to differentiate between sea ice, which it is gaining, and land ice, which it is losing at an alarming rate, and has serious implications in regards to sea level rise. Either you, as all right wing nuts do, read the first line of a study that might support the answer you want and then work backwards, or simply do not corroborate information from multiple “reliable” sources, this does not include the heritage foundation, heartland, or any conspiracy nut website.

  7. david esmay

    October 1, 2012 at 1:40 pm

    Steve Goddard is another science denier, stop using those idiots at watt’s up with that for your scientific information. That’s what I mean by crackpot conspiracy theorists, those guys are a joke.

  8. Frank Burns

    October 1, 2012 at 1:42 pm

    David, I know it’s gaining ice as that what the scientists are measuring and observing. You won’t see a peep about it in the media as that ruins the favorite alarmist theory that the earth is warming, when it’s not. The item I posted was from the NSIDC (National Snow and Ice Data Center), a government agency. They are noticeably silent on the issue as well.

    Again look at the sea ice, that’s where the volume is found. If the sea ice is growing, the sea level is no longer rising. Do you get it now?

  9. david esmay

    October 1, 2012 at 1:44 pm

  10. gregflynn

    October 1, 2012 at 2:37 pm

    For the record, sea ice extent includes any area of seawater with at least 15% visible sea ice. A counted area of sea ice extent can be 85% water. Sea ice is not to be confused with frozen freshwater land ice. Melting sea ice will have little if any effect on sea level. Melting land ice has a significant direct effect on sea level.

  11. Frank Burns

    October 1, 2012 at 3:19 pm

    For the record, think volume or if you want, think mass when you are talking about ice. Most of the world’s volume of ice is located in the Antarctic (90%). http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/warnings/almanac.html

    As long as the Antarctic is growing in volume why is the land ice in the Arctic a concern with less than 2% of the world’s ice? Is there some other parameter that you are counting? Sea level rise is not a concern.

  12. david esmay

    October 1, 2012 at 3:50 pm

    Antarctic land ice is melting at an accelerate pace, even if the sea ice of Antarctica is growing, Arctic ice is melting at four times the rate. Once again Frank, you’re using pseudo-science to base your arguments on. Steve Goddard is an alias for a crackpot who’s statements were silly enough to get him kicked off WUWT by head crackpot Anthony Watts. A new precedent, apparently even the purveyors of right wing denier bovine scatology have their limits.

  13. Frank Burns

    October 1, 2012 at 4:38 pm

    David, have you created some new theory of science? 98% of Antarctica is ice. The only pseudo science I see is coming from you.

  14. gregflynn

    October 1, 2012 at 7:15 pm

    The Arctic is an ocean surrounded by land. Antarctica is ice-laden land surrounded by ocean. Melting land ice and snow pack in the Arctic is causing sea level rise. As sea ice disappears in the Arctic more heat will be absorbed and the process accelerates. Extent is a measurement of area, not volume, or mass. A melting ice cream scoop has greater extent than a frozen one.

  15. Frank Burns

    October 2, 2012 at 9:00 am

    And the sea level doesn’t care about the source of the melting ice.

  16. Frank Burns

    October 2, 2012 at 9:54 am

    Good article from News and Observer that is in agreement with my points on global warming.


  17. david esmay

    October 2, 2012 at 10:55 am

    Frank, you just cited a Koch brother tool from the Cato Institute. Go take out the garbage like your mom told to and stay off the porn.

  18. Frank Burns

    October 2, 2012 at 11:37 am

    David, the truth doesn’t care where it came from. In this case it was the Raleigh News and Observer.

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