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 By Deborah Smith/Craig Eicher, Public News Service - MT, Contact
October 20, 2008

Billings, MT – With energy issues high on the national radar screen, voters may be scrutinizing this year's National Environmental Scorecard more closely than usual. Just released by the League of Conservation Voters, the non-partisan scorecard tracks how members of Congress have voted on energy and conservation issues.

Montana's three-man delegation has received a couple of the best and one of the worst grades in the country.

Dave Tyler, co-chair of Montana Conservation Voters, says Montanans want to see more wind, solar, biofuel and geothermal energy produced.

"In the face of gas prices that shot up to four dollars a gallon, unrest around the world and increasing global-warming pollution, it could not be more obvious that we must reduce our dependence on oil."

Montana senators Max Baucus and Jon Tester lead the nation with scores of 100 percent, while Congressman Denny Rehberg's score is eight percent. Critics of the scorecard say it doesn't take into account complexities behind the votes on the issues, such as ramifications for businesses or taxes.

Overall, senators and congressman scored higher than last year, Tyler adds.

"This scorecard reflects more clearly than perhaps ever before that America is truly at a crossroads when it comes to our energy future."

The National Environmental Scorecard is available at

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