Not all Democrats are climate heroes

This bin chart shows that Climate Cabinet Scores are overwhelmingly correlated with partisan affiliation. Democrats tend to have higher Climate Cabinet Scores than Republicans; but there is important variation within parties.
‍This chart shows the breakdown of Texas legislators’ climate scores. 0 is on the left, and 100 is on the right. Red shows Republican legislators and blue shows Democrats. Grey is no-data.
  • In 2019, 29 House Democrats and 9 Senate Democrats voted for HB2826, which requires local governments to get permission from the Attorney General before hiring attorneys — making it harder for cities to sue polluters.
  • 6 out of the 12 Senate Democrats in 2019 voted for SB2232, a bill to study the effects of eliminating federal renewable energy subsidies, which would have harmed wind and solar.
  • Also in 2019, 47 House Democrats voted for HB2545, a subsidy to the oil industry that would have incentivized oil and gas companies to dump wastewater into rivers and aquifers.
‍This chart shows the breakdown of Pennsylvania legislators’ climate scores. 0 is on the left, and 100 is on the right. Red shows Republican legislators and blue shows Democrats. Grey is no-data.
  • In 2020, over half of all Democrats in the House and Senate (68 out of 114) voted for HB732. This bill was a blatant handout to the fracking industry — locking the state into 25 years of tax credit subsidies to petrochemical and fertilizer manufacturing facilities that use natural gas produced in Pennsylvania. 7 Democrats even co-sponsored this bill, despite it being strongly opposed by environmental and health advocates across the state.
  • Also in 2020,16 House Democrats voted for SB790, which would have rolled back regulations for fracking companies, allowing oil and gas well operators to replace contaminated drinking water with a source that does not meet safe drinking water standards.
  • And the previous year, 5 House Democrats voted for HB509, which would have literally allowed industries to pick their own third parties to review and approve their permits, removing objectivity from the process and potentially leading to environmentally harmful projects.
‍This chart shows the breakdown of West Virginia legislators’ climate scores. 0 is on the left, and 100 is on the right. Red shows Republican legislators and blue shows Democrats. Grey is no-data.
  • In 2020, 6 Senate Democrats and 28 House Democrats voted for the “Downstream Natural Gas Manufacturing Investment Tax Credit,” a subsidy to the gas industry that is actively wrecking our climate.
  • Then, 35 House Democrats turned around and voted against SB583, a bill that created a solar program which could grow the state’s installed solar by 40 times.
‍This chart shows the breakdown of Florida legislators’ climate scores. 0 is on the left, and 100 is on the right. Red shows Republican legislators and blue shows Democrats. Grey is no-data.
  • Many Democrats also voted for HB836, a similar attempt to pre-empt electrification of the transportation sector, which is also critical for moving away from fossil fuels and cleaning up air pollution in communities. (4 House and 2 Senate Democrats voted for this bill).

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