The League of Conservation Voters, whose Vermont affiliate is Vermont Conservation Voters, recently released the 2018 National Environmental Scorecard, which reports on key congressional votes on climate change, clean energy, public health, public lands and wildlife conservation. This year’s scorecard again shows that Vermont’s delegation — Sen. Patrick Leahy, Sen. Bernie Sanders and Rep. Peter Welch — are among the strongest environmental champions in Congress.

Sen. Leahy’s work helped secure the permanent re-authorization of the Land and Water Conservation Fund — a major achievement — and increased funding for improving water quality in Lake Champlain. Sen. Sanders continued to display national leadership on climate change, as he championed the importance of transitioning away from fossil fuels and toward sustainable energy. Rep. Welch worked to expand energy efficiency efforts across Vermont and the country. All three, of course, were strong supporters on all of these vital issues.

As the Trump administration continued its assault on our most important environmental protections, Sen. Leahy, Sen. Sanders and Rep. Welch stood up for Vermont’s air, water, land and wildlife. We are extremely fortunate to have representatives in Congress who fight for Vermont’s communities and natural resources.

Warner Shedd

East Calais

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