Incomplete & Lacking Leadership: Rhode Island Urgently Needs Climate Action
In the midst of crises of public health, justice, and climate change, the General Assembly and Administration fail to act on environmental policy
The Environment Council of Rhode Island (ECRI) offers this biennial Green Report Card to evaluate the records of Rhode Island lawmakers on environmental issues over the course of the 2019 and 2020 legislative sessions.
Traditionally, the report issues letter grades to individual General Assembly members based on bill votes. However, for the first time since ECRI began issuing the Report Card, we are not grading leaders. During two years in which the need for action was clearer than ever, both the administration and the General Assembly failed to take concrete steps towards environmental protection and climate justice in Rhode Island. Thus, we are issuing “incompletes” to the administration and the General Assembly.
In the next legislative session, our leaders must forge ahead on policy that puts Rhode Island on track to address climate change.
Read the press release.
An interactive version of the 2019-2020 Green Report Card Appendices B and C link to bill texts and sponsors' records. See what your legislators have been doing for RI's environment.