RANKED: The 10 best US senators for the environment

RANKED: The 10 best US senators for the environment


By:  Madeleine Sheehan Perkins

The year has already shaped up to be a flashpoint for environmental issues.

President Donald Trump pledged to withdraw the US from the Paris agreement, a move which led mayors, governors, leading academics, and some of the biggest businesses in the US to start a movement to remain by the Paris Agreement pledges even if the country won't.

And EPA administrator Scott Pruitt plans to pit "red" teams against "blue" teams to debateclimate change.

With so much disagreement about environmental policy in the air, many people are turning to their representatives on the issue.

We dug into the League of Conservation Voters' annual scorecard to find the 15 most environmentally friendly US senators, based on the nonprofit political action organization's "lifetime score" of lawmakers' voting records on environmental legislation. The most recent scorecard is from 2016, so new senators who were elected in November weren't included.

Here are the 10 best senators for the environment, according to the scorecard:

1. Sen. Jeff Merkley, Democrat from Oregon: 99%

2016 score: 100%

2. Sen. Elizabeth Warren, Democrat from Massachusetts: 98%

2016 score: 100%.

2. Sen. Cory Booker, Democrat from New Jersey: 98%

2016 score: 100%.

2. Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, Democrat from Rhode Island: 98%

2016 score: 100%.

5. Sen. Tammy Baldwin, Democrat from Wisconsin, 97%

2016 score: 100%.

6. Sen. Chris Murphy, Democrat from Connecticut: 96%

2016 score: 100%.

6. Sen. Richard Blumenthal, Democrat from Connecticut: 96%

2016 score: 100%.

6. Sen. Al Franken, Democrat from Minnesota: 96%

2016 score: 100%.

6. Sen. Tom Udall, Democrat from New Mexico: 96%

2016 score: 100%.

6. Sen. Jack Reed, Democrat from Rhode Island: 96%

2016 score: 100%.