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Unsurprisingly, every senator on the list is a Democrat. Meanwhile, we could probably count with two hands the number of Republicans in Congress who think climate change is even real.
"The stakes for protecting the environment and public health have never been higher and the threats have never been greater," the LCV said earlier this year. "We must do more than ever to work with our allies in Congress—and mobilize the public—to fight the Trump administration and the extreme Congressional leadership who want to roll back our bedrock environmental laws and President Obama's incredible progress."
Here are the 10 best senators for the environment:
Sen. Jeff Merkley, Democrat from Oregon. Lifetime score: 99%
Sen. Elizabeth Warren, Democrat from Massachusetts. Lifetime score: 98%
Sen. Cory Booker, Democrat from New Jersey. Lifetime score: 98%
Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, Democrat from Rhode Island. Lifetime score: 98%
Sen. Tammy Baldwin, Democrat from Wisconsin. Lifetime score: 97%
Sen. Chris Murphy, Democrat from Connecticut. Lifetime score: 96%
Sen. Richard Blumenthal, Democrat from Connecticut. Lifetime score: 96%
Sen. Al Franken, Democrat from Minnesota. Lifetime score: 96%
Sen. Tom Udall, Democrat from New Mexico. Lifetime score: 96%
Sen. Jack Reed, Democrat from Rhode Island. Lifetime score: 96%
You might be scratching your head wondering why Sen. Bernie Sanders isn't on this list. Well, you might remember that last year he was very busy "running his historic presidential campaign," as Josh Fox pointed out in this blog post, and missed some critical environmental votes.
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It's become a familiar story with the Trump administration: Scientists write a report that shows the administration's policies will cause environmental damage, then the administration buries the report and fires the scientists.
By Jake Johnson
Calling the global climate crisis both the greatest threat facing the U.S. and the greatest opportunity for transformative change, Sen. Bernie Sanders unveiled today a comprehensive Green New Deal proposal that would transition the U.S. economy to 100 percent renewable energy and create 20 million well-paying union jobs over a decade.
The Parties to CITES agreed to list giraffes on Appendix II of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) today at the World Wildlife Conference or CoP18 in Geneva. Such protections will ensure that all giraffe parts trade were legally acquired and not sourced from the poached giraffes trade and will require countries to make non-detriment findings before allowing giraffe exports. The listing will also enable the collection of international trade data for giraffes that might justify greater protections at both CITES and other venues in the future.
The WHO stressed that more research is needed on the potential health risks of microplastic ingestion. luchschen / iStock / Getty Images Plus
The UN's health agency on Thursday said that microplastics contained in drinking water posed a "low" risk at their current levels.
However, the World Health Organization (WHO) — in its first report on the potential health risks of microplastic ingestion — also stressed more research was needed to reassure consumers.