Connecticut\u2019s legislative delegation in Washington scored among the highest representatives nationwide on environmental issues according to the League of Conservation Voters\u2019 (LCV) 2014 National Environmental Scorecard, announced this week. Senators Richard Blumenthal and Chris Murphy, both Democrats, received a score of 80% while Rep. Jim Himes (D-4th) earned a grade of 94% for their work in the House last yearMr. Himes has a 95% rating since taking office. Both Mr. Murphy and Mr. Blumenthal have scores of 94% since taking office.The 2014 legislative session, the league said, was marked by \u201cbreathtaking attacks on our air, water, lands, and wildlife \u2026\u00a0 blocked by our allies in the U.S. Senate, who grew even more vocal this year about the urgency of addressing climate change.\u201cJust as they did in the last several years, the House seemingly left no environmental issue untouched in 2014. There were attacks on our cornerstone environmental laws, like the Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act, National Environmental Policy Act and the Endangered Species Act.\u201d\u201cWe have a moral obligation to protect our planet for our children and future generations,\u201d Mr. Himes said in a press release. \u201cI\u2019m proud to stand on the side of keeping our water clean to drink and our air safe to breathe. I will continue working to combat the ravages of climate change, promote clean energy and energy efficiency investments, and preserve our treasured natural resources in Connecticut and across the country.\u201dMembers of the House were graded based on 35 votes on issues ranging from renewable energy investments to clean drinking water protection. Mr. Himes registered a \u201cpro-environment\u201d vote on all but questions on flood insurance reform and liquefied natural gas.According to the league, artificially discounted flood insurance rates have led to the development and destruction of floodplains. H.R. 3370 undermined steps to increase premiums to market-based levels, thus encouraging further floodplain development and destruction of wetlands, forests, and other habitats that help mitigate flood damage. On March 4, the House passed H.R. 3370 by a vote of 306-91. \u201cNo\u201d was the pro-environment vote.H.R. 6, the Domestic Prosperity and Global Freedom Act, would cut the Department of Energy (DOE) out of the approval process for liquefied natural gas (LNG) exports to most of the world, the league said. Expanded exports would lead to increased fracking, it said, the controversial method of using water under high pressure to extract natural gas from shale deposits. \u201cBy automatically granting DOE approval for LNG exports to all 159 countries that are members of the World Trade Organization, rather than just the 20 countries with whom the U.S. has a Free Trade Agreement, H.R. 6 would eliminate the agency\u2019s ability to consider the full range of impacts these exports could have on public health and the environment,\u201d the league said.On June 25, the House approved H.R. 6 by a vote of 266-150. No was the pro-environment vote. The Senate took no action on this legislation.Senators were scored on their votes on five issues:\u2022 Flood insurance reform,\u2022 Clean energy tax credits,\u2022 Environmental review in transportation rebuilding,\u2022 Democracy for All Constitutional amendment;\u2022 Keystone XL Tar Sands Pipeline.Both Connecticut senators made what the league considered \u201cpro-environment\u201d votes on all but the insurance reform bill, the same bill that was presented in the House. On March 13, the Senate passed H.R. 3370 by a vote of 72-22.The League of Conservation Voters is based in Washington, DC. To view the entire scorecard, visit scorecard.lcv.org.