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The League of Conservation Voters has issued its annual National Environmental Scorecard, which grades members of Maryland's Congressional delegation based on what the group considers pro-environmental votes.

Democratic Rep. Chris Van Hollen, Jr. and Sen. Paul S. Sarbanes lead the pack with perfect scores for their votes on energy policy, Artic Refuge drilling, public health and endangered species. They are followed closely by Rep. Ben Cardin, who scored 94 percent and wants to replace Sarbanes when he retires.

At the bottom of the list are the delegation's two Republicans, Rep. Roscoe G. Bartlett, Jr. with 39 percent, and Rep. Wayne T. Gilchrest with 50 percent. Rep. Albert R. Wynn came in last among Democrats with a rating of 67 percent.

The national average was 45 percent for members of both houses.

"As a whole, Maryland residents can be proud that they have sent a delegation to Washington, DC that represents their interests - not those of big oil and other polluting industries," said the group's communications director Chuck Porcari.

By Ann Marimow  |  February 23, 2006; 9:28 AM ET
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