2021 Environmental Scorecard for the Oregon Legislature

CATASTROPHES DEMANDED URGENCY IN 2021 SESSION

Legislators Responded

In 2021, we continued learning how to live through a global pandemic, struggled to recover from catastrophic wildfires, endured a destructive ice storm, and suffered through a record-breaking heat wave. These catastrophes took lives, destroyed homes and livelihoods, and set disturbing records across the state. They also made it abundantly clear: urgent action is needed to address climate change and to provide relief and opportunities to those most impacted by it.

During the 2021 Legislative Session, elected officials felt that urgency. They passed several climate bills called the Oregon Clean Energy Opportunity -- including 100% Clean Energy by 2040. The Legislature also passed comprehensive wildfire policy, and a budget that strongly supported important -- and historically underfunded -- state agencies.

The 2021 Legislative Session was a good one for climate and the environment, but too many important bills were left by the wayside. There’s a lot of work left to do, and we at OLCV are committed to doing the hard work -- hopefully with you -- to keep passing strong climate, environmental, and environmental justice policies.

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About OLCV

The Oregon League of Conservation Voters is a non-partisan organization with a simple mission: to pass laws that protect Oregon's environmental legacy, elect pro-environment candidates to office, and hold all of our elected officials accountable.

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About the Scorecard

For more than 40 years, OLCV has protected Oregon's natural legacy. An essential part of our work is holding our elected officials accountable. The OLCV Environmental Scorecard is not only one of our most important accountability tools, but also a tradition. The first scorecard was published in 1973.

By sharing how each member of the Legislature voted on the most critical conservation bills, we help Oregonians understand whether legislators listened to their constituents, or if they listened to special interest groups instead. It also serves as a summary of environmental bills and includes special recognition of the legislative champions.