Climate Cabinet Action Fund has conducted two years of extensive research and aggregated data on state-level legislators and candidates to score and rank them on their climate voting track record. And now we've created a tool that lets you easily research candidates and take informed climate action.
The “Climate Cabinet Score” shows how often each incumbent legislator has voted in favor of good climate policy or against attacks. A Climate Cabinet Score of 100 means that every time a climate-related bill has come up for a vote, the legislator has always voted pro-climate. A Climate Cabinet Score of 0 means that the legislator has never voted pro-climate. These scores were compiled using the latest available state legislative scorecard from leading environmental groups in each state. Each environmental bill is scored once, and each “climate” bill is given double weight.
The Climate Cabinet Rank is used to determine the most competitive climate races this cycle - to demonstrate where your dollars can go farthest to electing leaders committed to tackling climate change. Two factors go into the “Climate Cabinet Rank.” First, the Climate Cabinet Score is used to identify which incumbent legislators are “Best on Climate” (have a score of 100) and “Worst on Climate” (have a failing grade of anything below 50%). Next, the “Trump/Clinton Win Rate” is used to determine how vulnerable each incumbent legislator is. A high Climate Cabinet Rank highlights the highly vulnerable state legislators who are either “Best on Climate” (we need to keep them in office) or “Worst on Climate” (we need them out of office). A Climate Cabinet Rank of between 1 and 40 indicates that these are the 40 most competitive climate races this cycle. These “Top 40” candidates need your donations ASAP in order to pass legislation to solve the climate crisis.
The Trump/Clinton Win Rate shows the 2016 vote breakdown for each district. If a district has a “R+8%” rate, that means that Donald Trump won this district by 8%. Similarly, a “D+2%” rating shows that Hillary Clinton won this district by 2%. This helps determine how competitive the race is.
The “Race Status” field shows you how the race is currently rated. A “Tossup” score means that either candidate could easily win, whereas “Lean R” and “Lean D” indicates that the races are likely to fall in either category.
The “Votes” section gives you some examples of climate votes that each incumbent has taken - showing the highs and lows of each incumbent’s voting record.