Flat Earth Society Prevails for Republicans

The Hill is reporting that Sen. John Warner (R-Va.) is ending his battle with Sen. James Inhofe (R-Okla.) over minority ranking membership in the Environment and Public Works Committee. While it is certainly pathetic that the Republican party is continuing to allow it’s position on issues like global climate change to be defined by the very same man who called the idea of global warming, “the greatest hoax ever perpetrated on the American people” Warner would have been no bed of roses either.

I plucked the environmental interest group ranking for the last 10 Senatorial votes and as you can see (below), if one were to remove the rankings of the American Land Rights Association – a group whose main goal appears to be the defense of private property rights (and that is environmental how?) the two of them combined barely crack a 10% rating.

What is the silver lining here? Well, as you can see the presumptive chairman of this committee, Sen. Jim Jeffords (I-VT), taking the same numbers into account rates a pretty solid 78%.

Warner (R-Va.) Inhofe (R-Okla.) Jeffords (I-VT)
2006 American Land Rights Association 78 100 0
2006 Comprehensive US Sustainable Population 18 33 58
2005 American Wilderness Coalition 0 0 100
2005 Defenders of Wildlife Action Fund 0 0 100
2005 League of Conservation Voters 20 0 85
2005 Republicans for Environmental Protection 17 -3 0
2005 American Land Rights Association 83 100 0
2004 American Land Rights Association 86 100 0
2004 Defenders of Wildlife Action Fund 0 0 100
2003-2004 American Wilderness Coalition 0 0 100
Average 30.2 33 54.3
Average minus ALRA 7.86 4.29 77.57

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