California League of Conservation Voters (CLCV) recently released their annual Enviro Scorecard which tracks and scores each member of the California Legislature on key environmental votes of the session.
Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger’s record-setting vetoes of priority environmental bills earned him a 28% score—the lowest of his career. The Governor vetoed two-thirds of the 15 high-priority environmental bills that reached his desk in the regular legislative session.
The governor’s vetoes included bills to increase the state’s supply of renewable electricity to 33 percent in 2020; to prohibit cancer-causing chemicals in infant bottles and cups; and to prevent state park lands from being used for non-park purposes without proper approvals. And Governor Schwarzenegger vetoed SB 402 (Wolk), which would have restored balance to California's Bottle Bill fund and would have prevented the closure of supermarket recycling sites and the loss of green recycling jobs.
His approval of three bills that undermine the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) combined to produce his career-low score of 28%, lowering his lifetime average score to 53 percent.
Click here to see the Scorecard 2009.