Washington, D.C. - The League of Conservation Voters (LCV), the self-described political arm of the environmental movement, has given President Clinton a "C-plus" overall for "not working up to potential" during his first year in office.
In particular, the League criticized the Clinton Administration for failing to halt Waste Technologies Industries' controversial hazardous waste incinerator in East Liverpool, Ohio.
While LCV noted that Clinton had indicated support for a moratorium on the construction of new solid and hazardous waste incinerators during his election campaign - a legislative goal of several environmental groups - the report itself remains silent on the issue.
In addition to the overall C-plus grade, the League gave Clinton an "A" for his appointments, a "B" for policy initiatives, a "C-minus" for delivery and a "D-plus" for budget. The grades represent a consensus of more than 200 leading environmentalists surveyed for the report, said the League.
"President Clinton has yet to invest adequate political capital on behalf of the environment," said LCV political director Betsey Loyless. "He has appointed the right people and said great things, but he has not yet budgeted the money needed or followed through convincingly."
Among appointments praised by the League were those of Interior Secretary Bruce Babbitt (former LCV president), Energy Secretary Hazel O'Leary and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Carol Browner. The report notes, however, that Clinton "got his EPA team off to a slow start because of difficulties in filling other key appointments at the agency. A strong staff was finally in place by October 1993."
Concerning the President's lowest grade for budget, the report comments: "Across the board, the President has not matched his environmental rhetoric with the financial commitments required. When politically active environmentalists, who helped him win the election, look at where he has placed his resources, we're very disappointed."