Our first scorecard measuring leadership by Senate Democrats on climate and clean energy has hatched! This sophisticated scorecard quantifies who’s leading on climate – who’s engaging the public at town halls, authoring strong bills, writing op-eds in the local paper, and showing up for the local wind farm ribbon cutting – to go beyond who’s voting which way on the very few bills making it out of Senate gridlock.
Our scorecard analyzes the public records of all current Democrats and selected Republicans, scoring them on public engagement; bills authored; bills cosponsored; press releases, working caucuses joined and led; and websites. We’ve ranked 100-plus introduced bills each session from core to peripheral and awarded more points to authors, less to cosponsors. Public opposition to climate action is scored negatively, so the possible range for cumulative scores is from -100 to +100.