Big Government Scores High with League of Conservation Voters

Big Government Scores High with League of Conservation Voters

LCV Slants Environmental Ratings to Favor Command and Control Regulation
October 24, 2000

Washington, DC, October 24, 2000 – Today’s announcement of the League of Conservation Voters’ (LCV) “National Environmental Scorecard” demonstrates that the LCV is more an advocate of government control than of sound environmental policy.  The scorecard consistently favors greater federal regulation and demonizes human activity and private initiative.  “Despite its claims of non-partisanship, the LCV has become little more than a front group for the Democratic Party philosophy of more governmental control over people’s lives and economic activity,” said Myron Ebell, Director of Global Warming Policy at the Competitive Enterprise Institute.

“If the LCV ever achieved its aims, then the US would eventually come to resemble the old Soviet Union in the levels of government control of resources and consequently of environmental degradation.  The LCV represents yesterday’s failed solutions to environmental problems.  The global environment will be much healthier when we stop listening to the League of Conservation Voters and their environmental pressure group allies,” Ebell concluded.

The policies favored by the LCV are precisely the ones that led to this summer’s disastrous Western wildfires, which resulted from decades of federal neglect and mismanagement.  “The irresponsible strategies employed by the US Forest Service would not, for example, have been employed on a privately owned forest.  Federal employees whose forests burn down may be disciplined, but a landowner whose forests burn down goes bankrupt,” said Robert J. Smith, Senior Environmental Scholar at CEI.

“The congressional ratings from the League of Private Property Voters actually provide a much better yardstick of who votes for and against the environment.  Private property owners have an incentive to protect the environmental quality of what they own that is entirely lacking in government ownership of land and is often confounded by government regulation,” Smith concluded.

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