Dems top conservation voters Minnesota ranking


The Conservation Minnesota Voter Center released its scorecard of Minnesota’s members of Congress on Monday. Delegation members were ranked for their votes on policies relating to clean energy, land conservation, environmental funding and offshore drilling, among others. Democratic Reps. James Oberstar and Betty McCollum scored 100 percent, as did Democratic Sens. Al Franken and Amy Klobuchar. While the state’s Republicans took the bottom four slots, Reps. Michele Bachmann and John Kline fared worst, each earning 0-percent scores. 

Here’s how the members ranked (pdf):

Sens. Al Franken and Amy Klobuchar, 100%

Rep. Betty McCollum, 100%

Rep. Jim Oberstar, 100%

Rep. Keith Ellison, 93%

Rep.Tim Walz, 93%

Rep. Collin Peterson, 79%

Rep. Erik Paulsen, 21%

Rep. John Kline, 0%

Rep. Michelle Bachmann, 0%.


Reps. Ellison and Walz lost points for supporting (or not voting) on a water resources amendment pertaining to the San Francisco Bay. Rep. Paulsen supported a public lands protection bill, a water resources bill and legislation to protect an Oregon watershed.

“We know that the overwhelming majority of Minnesotans treasure our outdoors way of life, clean water and recreational land,” Paul Austin, director of the Conservation Minnesota Voter Center, said in a statement on Monday. “So it’s great to see strong support for these values from so many of our state’s members of Congress.”

“We hope voters will keep in mind how their members of Congress voted on conservation in 2009,” said Austin.