TURN PA BLUE – THE EARTH DAY EDITION – PART 1

Earth Day is quickly approaching, and if you scan the web, you will find a myriad of venues where you can celebrate the day – from the Prince Theater and the Constitution Center to various parks, and oddly enough, a number of breweries. There are a variety of activities at these forums, ranging from arts, crafts, environmental games, and films, to fun runs, clean ups, and plantings.

Earth Day, at its inception, had been an enjoyable experience, while reminding us that both as individuals and as a collective body, we have the ability and the responsibility to create a healthier planet by improving the state of our immediate surroundings.

Over the years, however, a lot of the Earth Day message has been lost. Many of these events now display energy saving tips while marketing a number of “environmentally friendly” products. Many events that I have attended over the years have showcased fossil fuel companies and utilities attempting to “scrub” their image as corporate polluters. Although you might find references to global warming, polluted waterways, and non-renewable energy at these events, you will generally not find any attempt to connect the dots between these problems and their major causes.

After China, the United States is the second largest polluter in the world, producing over 5 billion metric tons of carbon dioxide a year.

Pennsylvania is the third largest carbon dioxide emitter in the country, producing 233 million metric tons a year – over 5% of the total emissions in the United States.

There are certainly a number of factors that play a role in this ranking, but it correlates with Pennsylvania’s role as the third largest energy production state in the country.

As a major regulator of the fossil fuel industry, the Pennsylvania State government holds the power to confine these emissions to reasonable levels.

Rather than improve upon the environmental legislation already in existence, our legislature has consistently attempted to roll back the legislation currently on the books. The most recent State environmental scorecard, created by a coalition composed of Conservation Voters of Pennsylvania, Clean Water Action, the Pennsylvania Chapter of the Sierra Club, and PennEnvironment shows the voting records of the State legislators during the 2015-2016 session, which I have included at the end of this post.

Although the incumbents may have changed, a cursory glance will expose a clear pattern. Democrats are much more likely to vote for environmentally friendly legislation than Republicans. At the House level, the Democrat’s median score on environmental legislation was 82% favorable to the environment versus. 9% for Republicans. The most frequent Democratic score was 100% (n=29) whereas the most frequent Republican score was 0%. (n=53). On the Senate side, the median was 60% for Democrats and 20% for Republicans.

Activists need to take note of these numbers and set the constituents straight when legislators such as Todd Stephens boast about their environmental records.

(Please note that the following scorecard might not reflect current incumbents).

 

PA HOUSE

NAME HOUSE DISTRICT PARTY 2015/2016 SCORE NAME HOUSE DISTRICT PARTY 2015/2016 SCORE
Acosta, Leslie 197 D 91% Kortz, William 38 D 45%
Adolph, William 165 R 0% Kotik, Nick 45 D 18%
Baker, Matthew 68 R 9% Krueger-Braneky, Leanne 161 D 100%
Barbin, Bryan 71 D 36% Lawrence, John 13 R 0%
Barrar, Stephen 160 R 9% Lewis, Harry 74 R 9%
Benninghoff, Kerry 171 R 0% Longietti, Mark 7 D 55%
Bizzarro, Ryan 3 D 36% Mackenzie, Ryan 134 R 18%
Bloom, Stephen 199 R 0% Maher, John 40 R 0%
Boback, Karen 117 R 50% Mahoney, Tim 51 D 45%
Boyle, Kevin 172 D 100% Major, Sandra 111 R 0%
Bradford, Matthew 70 D 100% Maloney, David 130 R 18%
Briggs, Tim 149 D 100% Markosek, Joseph 25 D 82%
Brown, Rosemary 189 R 18% Marshall, Jim 14 R 18%
Brown, Vanessa 190 D 73% Marsico, Ron 105 R 0%
Bullock, Donna 195 D 100% Masser, Kurt 107 R 9%
Burns, Frank 72 D 36% Matzie, Robert 16 D 55%
Caltagirone, Thomas 127 D 91% McCarter, Stephen 154 D 100%
Carroll, Mike 118 D 100% McClinton, Joanna 191 D 100%
Causer, Martin 67 R 0% McGinnis, John 79 R 9%
Christiana, Jim 15 R 0% McNeill, Daniel 133 D 55%
Cohen, Mark 202 D 91% Mentzer, Steven 97 R 0%
Conklin, Scott 77 D 100% Metcalfe, Daryl 12 R 0%
Cook-Artis,Tonyelle 200 D 73% Metzgar, Carl 69 R 9%
Corbin, Becky 155 R 18% Miccarelli, Nick 162 R 18%
Costa, Dom 21 D 45% Millard, David 109 R 9%
Costa, Paul 34 D 36% Miller, Brett 41 R 9%
Cox, Jim 129 R 18% Miller, Dan 42 D 100%
Cruz, Angel 180 D 82% Milne, Duane 167 R 27%
Culver, Lynda 108 R 9% Moul, Dan 91 R 0%
Cutler, Bryan 100 R 0% Mullery, Gerald 119 D 100%
Daley, Mary Jo 148 D 100% Murt, Thomas 152 R 55%
Daley, Peter 49 D 36% Mustio, Mark 44 R 0%
Davidson, Margo 164 D 100% Neilson, Ed 174 D 50%
Davis, Tina 141 D 100% Nelson, Eric 57 R 9%
Dawkins, Jason 179 D 73% Nesbit, Tedd 8 R 0%
Day, Gary 187 R 9% Neuman, Brandon 48 D 36%
Dean, Madeleine 153 D 100% O’Brien, Michael 175 D 100%
Deasy, Daniel 27 D 73% O’Neill, Bernie 29 R 9%
DeLissio, Pamela 194 D 100% Oberlander, Donna 63 R 0%
Delozier, Sheryl 88 R 9% Ortitay, Jason 46 R 0%
DeLuca, Anthony 32 D 27% Parker, David 115 R 27%
Dermody, Frank 33 D 36% Pashinski, Eddie 121 D 82%
Diamond, Russ 102 R 9% Payne, John 106 R 0%
DiGirolamo, Gene 18 R 73% Peifer, Michael 139 R 18%
Donatucci, Maria 185 D 73% Petrarca, Joseph 55 D 55%
Driscoll, Michael 173 D 91% Petri, Scott 178 R 18%
Dunbar, George 56 R 9% Pickett, Tina 110 R 9%
Dush, Cris 66 R 0% Pyle, Jeffrey 60 R 9%
Ellis, Brian 11 R 0% Quigley, Thomas 146 R 9%
Emrick, Joe 137 R 9% Quinn, Marguerite 143 R 36%
English, Harold 30 R 18% Rader, Jack 176 R 18%
Evankovich, Eli 54 R 0% Rapp, Kathy 65 R 0%
Evans, Dwight 203 D 64% Ravenstahl, Adam 20 D 82%
Everett, Garth 84 R 0% Readshaw, Harry 36 D 45%
Fabrizio, Florindo 2 D 73% Reed, Dave 62 R 0%
Farina, Frank 112 D 45% Reese, Mike 59 R 9%
Farry, Frank 142 R 18% Regan, Mike 92 R 0%
Fee, Mindy 37 R 0% Roae, Brad 6 R 0%
Flynn, Marty 113 D 45% Roebuck, James 188 D 80%
Frankel, Dan 23 D 100% Ross, Chris 158 R 9%
Freeman, Robert 136 D 100% Rothman, Greg 87 R 9%
Gabler, Matt 75 R 0% Rozzi, Mark 126 D 82%
Gainey, Ed 24 D 100% Saccone, Rick 39 R 9%
Galloway, John 140 D 91% Sainato, Chris 9 D 36%
Gergely, Marc 35 D 36% Samuelson, Steve 135 D 100%
Gibbons, Jaret 10 D 18% Sankey, Tommy 73 R 0%
Gillen, Mark 128 R 27% Santarsiero, Steven 31 D 100%
Gillespie, Keith 47 R 9% Santora, James 163 R 9%
Gingrich, Mauree 101 R 0% Savage, Lynwood 192 D 9%
Godshall, Robert 53 R 0% Saylor, Stan 94 R 0%
Goodman, Neal 123 D 45% Schemel, Paul 90 R 9%
Greiner, Keith 43 R 9% Schlossberg, Michael 132 D 91%
Grove, Seth 196 R 0% Schreiber, Kevin 95 D 100%
Hahn, Marcia 138 R 18% Schweyer, Peter 22 D 82%
Hanna, Michael 76 D 64% Simmons, Justin 131 R 9%
Harhai, Tedd 58 D 55% Sims, Brian 182 D 73%
Harhart, Julie 183 R 9% Snyder, Pam 50 D 36%
Harkins, Patrick 1 D 100% Sonney, Curtis 4 R 0%
Harper, Kate 61 R 27% Staats, Craig 145 R 9%
Harris, Adam 82 R 0% Stephens, Todd 151 R 0%
Harris, Jordan 186 D 82% Sturla, Michael 96 D 91%
Heffey, Doyle 122 R 0% Tallman, Will 193 R 0%
Helm, Susan 104 R 9% Taylor, John 177 R 18%
Hennessey, Tim 26 R 0% Thomas, W. Curtis 181 D 36%
Hickernell, David 98 R 0% Tobash, Mike 125 R 0%
Hill, Kristin 93 R 0% Toepel, Marcy 147 R 27%
Irvin, Rich 81 R 0% Toohil, Tarah 116 R 0%
James, R. Lee 64 R 9% Topper, Jesse 78 R 0%
Jozwiak, Barry 5 R 18% Truitt, Dan 156 R 64%
Kampf, Warren 157 R 0% Turzai, Mike 28 R 0%
Kaufer, Aaron 120 R 18% Vereb, Mike 150 R 0%
Kauffman, Robert 89 R 0% Vitali, Greg 166 D 100%
Kavulich, Sid 114 D 64% Ward, Judy 80 R 0%
Keller, Fred 85 R 9% Warner, Ryan 52 R 0%
Keller, Mark 86 R 9% Watson, Katharine 144 R 18%
Keller, William 184 D 64% Wentling, Parke 17 R 0%
Kim, Patty 103 D 100% Wheatley, Jake 19 D 73%
Kinsey, Stephen 201 D 100% Wheeland, Jeff 83 R 0%
Kirkland, Thaddeus 159 D 100% White, Martina 170 R 9%
Klunk, Kate 169 R 0% Youngblood, Rosita 198 D 100%
Knowles, Jerry 124 R 9% Zimmerman, David 99 R 9%

 

PA SENATE

NAME SENATE DISTRICT PARTY 2015/2016 SCORE NAME SENATE DISTRICT PARTY 2015/2016 SCORE
Alloway, Richard 33 R 20% McGarrigle, Thomas 26 R 20%
Argall, David 29 R 20% McIlhinney, Charles 10 R 60%
Aument, Ryan 36 R 0% Mensch, Bob 24 R 20%
Baker, Lisa 20 R 20% Rafferty, John 44 R 20%
Bartolotta, Camera 46 R 0% Reschenthaler, Guy 37 R 0%
Blake, John 22 D 60% Sabatina, John 5 D 40%
Boscola, Lisa 18 D 60% Scarnati, Joseph 25 R 20%
Brewster, James 45 D 40% Scavello, Mario 40 R 20%
Brooks, Michele 50 R 0% Schwank, Judith 11 D 100%
Browne, Patrick 16 R 20% Smucker, Lloyd 13 R 20%
Corman, Jake 34 R 20% Stefano, Patrick 32 R 20%
Costa, Jay 43 D 40% Tartaglione, Christine 2 D 40%
Dinniman, Andrew 19 D 100% Teplitz, Rob 15 D 100%
Eichelberger, John 30 R 20% Tomlinson, Robert 6 R 20%
Farnese, Lawrence 1 D 80% Vance, Patricia 31 R 20%
Folmer, Mike 48 R 20% Vogel, Elder 47 R 20%
Fontana, Wayne 42 D 40% Vulakovich, Randy 38 R 20%
Gordner, John 27 R 20% Wagner, Scott 28 R 20%
Greenleaf, Stewart 12 R 60% Ward, Kim 39 R 20%
Haywood, Art 4 D 100% White, Donald 41 R 20%
Hughes, Vincent 7 D 100% Wiley, Sean 49 D 100%
Hutchinson, Scott 21 R 0% Williams, Anthony 8 D 40%
Killion, Thomas † 9 R 40% Wozniak, John 35 D 40%
Kitchen, Shirley 3 D 100% Yaw, Gene 23 R 20%
Leach, Daylin 17 D 40% Yudichak, John 14 D 40%

 

Source: https://pennenvironment.org/sites/environment/files/reports/2015-2016-PA-Environmental-Scorecard_0.pdf

 

 

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