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Texas Congressional Republicans Approach Zero on Environmental Record

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Average environmental scores by state

Texas Republicans in the U.S. House did something truly impressive in the last session of Congress: Their voting records on the environment were even worse than the previous session, according to the League of Conservation Voters’ latest legislative scorecard. While the Texas GOP members collectively cast pro-environment votes 7.5 percent of the time in the last session of the 112th Congress, they sided with the environment a little more than 4 percent of the time in the first session of the 113th. At this rate, zero is within grasping distance.

Only one of the 24 Republicans in the House, Houston Rep. John Culberson, scored more than 10 percent. Five congressmen got the special distinction of scoring zero, taking what LCV considers a non-green position on all 28 key votes.

Not surprisingly, Texas Republicans favored policies beneficial to the oil and gas industry, including expanding offshore drilling and fracking, and voted against measures to protect air, water and green spaces. Many of the bills or amendments they favored would strip the Environmental Protection Agency of its authority to oversee industry and regulate toxic emissions and byproducts, including coal ash. Along with a handful of Democrats, they voted against clean energy funding and for legislative approval of the Keystone XL pipeline, which would transport Canadian tar sands to Texas Gulf Coast refineries.

Five Texas congressmen managed a perfect score. Call them the Zero Club—Reps. Ralph Hall, Joe Barton, Mike Conaway, Pete Olson and Blake Farenthold.

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These five House Republicans received a score of zero when they sided against the environment on all 28 key votes. From left: Ralph Hall, R-Rockwall; Joe Barton, R-Ennis; Mike Conaway, R-Midland; Pete Olson, R-Sugar Land; Blake Farenthold, R-Corpus Christi.

Democrats in the House voted “for” the environment one percent more than they did the previous session, at just under 77 percent. Three Democrats got scores of 96, but two scored under 50 percent.

The greenest there were freshmen Beto O’Rourke of El Paso and Joaquin Castro of San Antonio. Long-time green stalwart Lloyd Doggett of Austin rounded out the trio.

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These Texas House Democrats got the highest scores on the League of Conservation Voters scorecard, with scores of 96. From left: Beto O’Rourke, D-El Paso; Lloyd Dogget, D-Austin; Joaquin Castro, D-San Antonio.

Rep. Henry Cuellar, from Laredo, dropped from his already low score of 49 in the previous session to 29 this session, when he consistently favored fossil fuels and voted against measures protecting clean air and water. Cuellar joined four other Democrats in supporting legislative approval of Keystone XL, which requires a presidential permit. Rep. Filemon Vela, D-Brownsville, also scored under 50 percent, siding with the environment 46 percent of the time.

The worst-ranking Texas Democrats, by the League of Conservation Voters' standards. Henry Cuellar, D-Laredo (left) and Filemon Vela, D-Brownsville (right).
The worst-ranking Texas Democrats, by the League of Conservation Voters’ standards. Henry Cuellar, D-Laredo (left) and Filemon Vela, D-Brownsville (right).

Every single Democrat sided “against” the environment when he voted in favor of a Republican-introduced amendment to the 2014 omnibus funding bill that would keep FEMA from ending highly subsidized flood insurance rates. The League of Conservation Voters argues that the “artificially discounted flood insurance rates” lead to the development, and ultimately destruction, of floodplains. Six Republicans sided with the Democrats on this one, making it the only issue where a majority of GOPers voted in favor of the environment, by the LCV’s standards.

In the Senate, John Cornyn’s only “pro-environment” vote went to approving President Barack Obama’s appointment of Sally Jewell, the former CEO of REI, as secretary of the interior, which all but 11 senators did. He sided against the environment on the remaining 12 issues. Ted Cruz also approved Jewell, and cast another “pro-environment” vote when he rejected an amendment that would support Paul Ryan’s alternative budget plan. Though that plan would have continued billions of dollars in subsidies to the oil industry and would have lowered corporate income taxes, Cruz’s problem with it was that it would have funded Obamacare and would have increased spending in the short term.

The senators agreed on everything else, including cutting $60 million from the Department of Defense’s budget for advancing biofuels. According to the League of Conservation Voters, the DOD is the single largest energy user in the nation. They also both rejected Obama’s appointment of Gina McCarthy to the EPA, and voted for measures that would prevent federal agencies like the EPA from reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Like their counterparts in the House, they voted against all clean air and water protections and for Keystone XL.

Here’s the full run-down by congressmember.

Texas Senate Scores:

Cornyn
8
Cruz
15
Texas House Scores 
Gohmert
7
Poe
4
Johnson, S.
4
Hall
4
Hensarling
7
Barton
0
Culberson
11
Brady, K.
7
Green, A.
89
McCaul
4
Conway
0
Granger
7
Thornberry
4
Weber
4
Hinojosa
82
O’Rourke
96
Flores
4
Jackson Lee
82
Neugebauer
4
Castro
96
Smith, Lamar
7
Olson
0
Gallego
64
Marchant
7
Williams
4
Burgess
4
Farenthold
0
Cuellar
29
Green, G.
54
Johnson, E.
93
Carter
29
Sessions, P.
4
Veasey
93
Vela
46
Doggett
96
Stockman
4
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    And the conflict threshold for news to be reportable surged. Those who said, “it is the schools!”, when In what way were there schools which were not schools? And We were warned, many times, the consequences, but each little county anything felt they are superior to any other person in their district.

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    As far as such people, in the history of forced prostitution, one culture here puts two of the same psychological profile together. Travis county greeks and those who believe the guy Bannister ‘ s roommate thing, screamed that our then senator’s son who worshipped a top Italian line for centuries, “he was her college roommate,” associating it with one child in their teens, was judged to become homeless for the rest of their lives. Because of being the child of the top person of the cure team, they should experiment with STD’s, to see which nation around the world secretly had the cure but told no one. So the kid was pimped out by an older sibling when a teen. And that children raised in institutions, when pushed to marry one oldest on a Buckingham line, kill the others, then become a huge crack dealer, to found the local branch of the largest environmental effort ever, that is Travis county law, the law of voodoo name games, to just elect judges for their names, to undo the deeds of another color type, in another color or what.

    As intended that since communist politiburos were chosen for Texas to rule the world, that its politiburo become the Republican party, as Sally Jewell, others, wish to come here to explain. So we had the one raised to defend those distant, as the oldest standing head of the Alabama knights of the kkk, whose funeral had a huge march, stated the new head was a county judge. And that young college students become high dollar prostitutes in front of AISD buildings.

    That if one be trafficked in their younger siblings into the sex industry by force, For many years, then they should become the top teen teacher, with the excuse that child trafficking at early ages, a white of one color to undo another hispanic, according to an Italian to play the Zorro role instead of a latino, to get everyone over to the Republican party platform religion, sent all over the world to represent Texas.

    That way, every pimp receives legal ownership of any child they have trafficked for ransom or barter or power,

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    To show that every long line of every nation, be just a hostage in terms of old west Texas, hold up banks, to get what one demands. That the wealthiest person in Texas be a felon who unjustly accused another, far wealthier than T. Bone Pickens, ready to shoot him or hold his kids for ransome. The law of the old west.

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    Years ago, each and every one of us erred in many ways. Louie has brought the road towards cannibalism and global forever wars. To just crash the Austin citizen? Just for the local and tiny? When I first attended UT at 19, why did my poetry teacher insist I go to bed with him, when I never dressed or did anything to deserve that? You do not know until you simply use the old interpretation, that which kings of Transylvania were defamed for, Martin luther, forever divorce laws and state family law orders, good or not so, as each and all, at a given moment in time.

    No different than now. Of course we knew when small, that DNA is real. But, those who have as many children as possible, tend to believe that DNA is not real, especially as taught in nursing. Many recruited for homeland security are taught laws which do not work or backfire. Over time, deals are made bypassing any established structure, to vigorously train and recruit those of old ruling classes, to rescue them from being beheaded by regime change. Originally, Scientologists won to change the schools in Texas, not just for bussing, but because there were personality tests given children to see what kinds of skills they were cut out for. But, since we had long hair, and at one time it was stated once that we not hire secretaries with bulletproof sprayed hairdos, the school board authority insisted that we cut our long hair and get teased hairdos, as if a civil rights issue. It was not. It was a certain style described at a moment in time, because a crowd of secretaries all rushed to the same beauty parlor, but Ann was hired anyway, since we did not understand the Wiley advice, not one in the past, but always in the future, interpreting Wiley and Harper.

    A moment in time, specifics, a misinterpreted statement, take a problem and address it. What was wrong with our physical appearances? A relative remarried a lady part Native American, but we were not biologically related. And once, advice was given, to get out of ballet and into sports. At a moment in time. Not because of anything, but becausea child of a Republican vice president who lost when a democrat we passed out literature for, was on its way, in the future. The former vice president’s out of wedlock or secret divorce eldest, was about to teach new generations to always scream at just presidents. An abandoned oldest child of a vice president, making it up to his eldest for abandoning him or her or it, was on its way to insist that the ballet teacher, the school board, activities, you name it, do what she says or else. Each had a sibling in prison, when out wonderful elderly who, stated that couples have three or four children and no more, or else children will be raising children. And that vice president’s eldest raised younger children starting when she was little, proving that turns out fine.

    As psychologically, just a performer, so many designed and raised where Humble Oil began, so many. And so, when shell oil people joined our neighborhood, it was made a company issue, the Shell raised on humble oil turf and headquarters radically rebelled and married a Sinclair, so wanted to take kids to a Sinclair named anything, everybody with the last name sinclair in the phone books.

    And more of a jdl and adl rose, as did affirmative action following the school bussing principles. DNA testing before marriage was not done, sadly. Take a problem and turn it into an issue for change. The scientology wing, with land humble oil purchased, so funded, breeding horses, Neither could communicate. Yet what happened, “it is the Spanish teacher,” then one named monsanto blamed for koch missouri things, instead on learning to communicate effectively. The underground railroad continued, without clues. There was sugar in the meat, it sounded like, And steaks were fed to dogs under the table. Why was everything misinterpreted? What was wrong with steaks at one grocery store versus another? And one, who was fat throughout her teens, Because she grew up, historic new Rochelle, then other places, was terrified when i spilled a little water on the kitchen floor, overly so, why? Where did she grow up, when water started rising starting in the kitchen then rising and rising? What happened? And so, to address the problem, another was told, “the plumbing problem.” Which had to be used as a word to describe a brutal practice of attack and castration. Who all died, when too swollen to insert a catheter? Who’s wife pleaded with FDR when the first lady brought her in the oval office, to plead with FDR to save her husband, when FDR performed the exact drama in detail that Clinton performed on monica, who changed her name to Lewinsky? Why? What was wrong with military laws? Recruit anyone, as if in a church, then sort it out online only?

    So, one to change military law, was mocked, for his german looking appearance, as nazis not nazis, poured into synagogues, schools of judaism, hebrew, you name it, which are not schools, tended to change all sorts of laws by politiburo standards. He was a veteran wounded in war, just to be consulted and work at west point. Why? So mocked for refusing to allow those in his command use brothels, to cross those borders into those nations to use brothels. One advised, rebel. Rebel. Make it an issue. Park him on a ranch at west point, texas, to raise horses, like which Scientologist bringing the Hubbard descendant, where? To defy and mock what, chicken ranch sagas? And so, he was so traumatized, growing deaf. And tried to help a woman get over fear of water rising on the kitchen floor, to take her boating on Town Lake. Why were they so traumatized, then? When the Bushes arrived, what happened to Robin? Who mocked the support of one who said to have three or for lure children, no more? To not have children raising children?