The League of Conservation Voters (LCV) is the non-partisan political action arm of the environmental movement in the U.S. Founded in 1970, it brings together representatives from several mainstream environmental groups for the purposes of identifying "green" politicians through the publication _National Environmental Scorecard_ and contributing to the campaigns of those politicians.
The main publications found on LCV's web site are the _National Environmental Scorecard_ and the _Green Guide to the 105th Congress_. The online editions of _The Scorecard_ range from 1993 to 1996 and contain an environmental score for each U.S. Representative and Senator, based on voting records. Each Member's listing includes his or her score for the current and previous years, votes on important environmental bills, and contact information (including e-mail and web addresses). Linked to the voting records are descriptions of the bills, which are very useful for anyone researching environmental legislation. The descriptions, some of which cover riders attached to other bills, also include histories of sponsorship, opposition, and actions taken. Related to the _Scorecard_ is the "Votes" section, which will list the votes taken on important environmental issues in the 105th Congress. An e-mail update service is also available for distributing this information.
The _Green Guide_ profiles all the new members of the 105th Congress. Biographical information, election results, endorsements from environmental organizations, and an environmental profile are provided for each person.
Other information includes links to other environmental and political resources, letters sent to Congress by the LCV, and an analysis of the 1996 elections. The analysis mainly focuses on a few races where the LCV was heavily involved, describing its contributions to the campaign and including Quicktime movies of sample television advertisements.
The site is well-designed overall with a few, unobtrusive graphics to aid navigation. Users without graphics will find the site more difficult to navigate but still usable. Searching the site, using the Excite search engine, is simple and works fairly well. The LCV site, while obviously useful for educating the voting public, also provides a wealth of information for faculty or students in Environmental Studies or Political Science.
Electronic Resources Librarian
Austin Peay State University
January 2, 1997