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Price tops NC delegation with League of Conservation Voters

U.S. Rep. David Price, D-Chapel Hill, and former Democratic Rep. Brad Miller of Raleigh got high marks for their legislative efforts from the N.C. League of Conservation Voters.

Each year, for the past 40 years, the group has put out an Environmental Scorecard rating members of Congress on environmental, public health and energy issues.

Three North Carolina delegates — all Democrats — received a score of 90 percent or greater last year, while five — all Republicans – scored 10 percent or less.

The high scorers: Price (97 percent), Miller (94 percent) and Mel Watt of Charlotte, 91 percent. G.K. Butterfield, D-Wilson, just missed the cut off with 89 percent.

The low scorers: Renee Ellmers of Dunn (9 percent), Virginia Foxx of Banner Elk (9 percent), Howard Coble of Greensboro (6 percent), Sue Myrick of Charlotte (3 percent) and Patrick McHenry of Cherryville (6 percent). Myrick, like Miller, has retired.

Butterfield, Ellmers and Coble each represent parts of the Triangle.

On the Senate side, Kay Hagan, D-Greensboro, scored 79 percent while Richard Burr, R-Winston-Salem, scored 14 percent.

Overall, the average House score in 2012 for NC was 40 percent and the average Senate score was 47 percent.

In 2012, there were 14 Senate votes and 35 House votes on issues ranging from public health protections to clean energy to land and wildlife conservation. 

“In the face of unprecedented attacks from corporate polluters and their allies in Congress, environmental allies like Representatives David Price and Brad Miller stood up for our values and put  North Carolinians first,” Dan Crawford, NCLCV director of governmental relations said in a statement. “While Americans were seeing the historic impacts of extreme weather right outside their window, members like Representatives Howard Coble and Patrick McHenry continued to put the needs of special interests first.” 

To see how every member of Congress has voted on conservation issues since 1971, go to

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