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Plug In America member and author Sherry Boschert (she wrote Plug-in Hybrids: The Cars that Will Recharge America) has put together a legislative scorecard for America's mid-term elections. The list is simply a recounting of how current members of Congress voted on bills that advanced plug-in electric vehicles (four in the Senate, five in the House of Representatives) and gives them a score based on those votes. The bills include the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 (which passed), the Renewable Energy Conservation Tax Act of 2008 and the American Clean Energy and Security Act of 2009. You can get all the details in the scorecard here (PDF).

There are plenty of House members with a zero percent rating, but only two senators, Mike Johanns (R-NE) and Jim DeMint (R-SC) that get a total failing grade. Johanns says he approves of more efficient vehicles, including plug-ins, but hasn't voted for them. On top of his votes against plug-ins, DeMint also voted against raising CAFE standards, so his big goose egg isn't a surprise. Look up your own legislators if you're headed to the polls tomorrow.

[Source: Plug In America]


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      • 2 Months Ago
      Just for the record, here are the sponsors and co-sponsors of the Open Fuel Standards Act (S. 835 and H.R. 1476):

      S. 835
      Sponsor:
      Sam Brownback (R-KS)

      Co-sponsors:
      Maria Cantwell (D-WA)
      Susan Collins (R-ME)
      Chuck Grassley (R-IA)
      Amy Klobuchar (D-MN)
      Joseph Lieberman (I-CT)
      John Thune (R-SD)

      H.R. 1476
      Sponsor:
      Eliot Engel (D-NY)

      Co-Sponsors:
      Gary Ackerman (D-NY-5)
      John Barrow (D-GA-12)
      Roscoe Bartlett (R-MD-6)
      Howard Berman (D-CA-28)
      Sanford Bishop (D-GA-2)
      Bruce Braley (D-IA-1)
      Andre Carson (D-IN-7)
      Steve Cohen (D-TN-9)
      Ander Crenshaw (R-FL-4)
      Alcee Hastings (D-FL-23)
      Stephanie Herseth-Sandlin (D-SD-At large)
      Bob Inglis (R-SC-4)
      Steve Israel (D-NY-2)
      Hank Johnson (D-GA-4)
      Carolyn Maloney (D-NY-14)
      Jim Marshall (R-GA-8)
      Jerrold Nadler (D-NY-8)
      Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL-18)
      Allyson Schwartz (D-PA-13)
      • 2 Months Ago
      I'll make it simpler....

      If you support alternative vehicles, alternative fuels, and foreign oil independence, vote Democrat.

      If you are against all these things and simply are hoping for lower oil prices, vote Republican.

        • 2 Months Ago
        I hope you're joking.

        Both parties serve no purpose other than to advance themselves.
      • 2 Months Ago
      I guess this is helpful if your vote solely dependent on whether or not someone votes for subsidies for plug-in cars. Falls in line with all the other "scorecards" put out by special interest groups. Has anyone every done a study to see how many single issue voters there are? My guess is very few despite what you may hear on TV.
        • 2 Months Ago
        It certainly is a very narrow view of the candidates, but I suppose if you have a few issues that are important to you, then if you can find such scorecards for each of those issues you can build up a pseudo-quantitative evaluation of your options.

        I haven't done that myself, but I suppose one could.
      • 2 Months Ago
      Don't blame me I voted for Kodos
        • 2 Months Ago
        How could you? Kang's stance on postal service and traffic light reform is much more moderate and reasonable, involving far fewer forced labor camps.
      • 2 Months Ago
      DeMint is key of T-party Theocrats and backer of the hilarious Christine O'Donnell. It is no surprise he get a well deserved zero rating.

      "There are plenty of House members with a zero percent rating, but only two senators, Mike Johanns (R-NE) and Jim DeMint (R-SC) that get a total failing grade. Johanns says he approves of more efficient vehicles, including plug-ins, but hasn't voted for them. On top of his votes against plug-ins, DeMint also voted against raising CAFE standards, so his big goose egg isn't a surprise."