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Sustainable:  A society that balances the environment, other life forms, and human interactions over an indefinite time period.




CUSP EnviroScore
Congressional Environmental Scorecard

a Wholistic approach toward achieving US sustainability.

The Truly-Environmental Congressional Scorecard.
Because It Includes Votes Affecting Future U.S. Population Numbers.


CUSP (Comprehensive US Sustainable Population) - Congressional Environmental Scorecard, a proposed new standard, takes account of federal legislators’ votes in three areas:

Consumption/Conservation/Preservation, Immigration, and Natural Increase, equally weighted to produce a combined score. This 2:1 emphasis on numbers reflects their importance relative to consumption/conservation.

Population numbers can grow at an ever-increasing rate as shown in the CUSP logo, doubling and redoubling like the compounding of money placed at interest in a bank account. On the other hand, consumption and consequent pollution per capita, cannot. They are limited by supply and ability to purchase.

[MFS note: See Minnesota delegation CUSP Enviroscores here.]

The CUSP Plan to raise awareness of the population-environment connection and to encourage reduction in U.S. population and consumption.

1.) All U.S. environmental organizations to form a "Sustainability Coalition" to promote reduction in U.S. impact (I = PAT) on the environment to a level which assures availability of renewable resources far into the future.

2.) The Coalition to lobby for passage of federal legislation calling for an annual report to the nation on U.S. progress, or lack thereof, toward the achievement of sustainable use of resources. This report is to include progress on the supply side, such as increase in use of renewable energy, and progress on the demand side, particularly in reduction of U.S. population.

3.) The Coalition to require its political arm, The League of Conservation Voters, to include among the votes in the Congress which it scores, those votes which affect future U.S. population numbers.

4.) The Coalition to publicize the need for a sustainable U.S. future for the benefit of the nation and the world.


• Purpose is to turn the U.S. back from that cusp, to catalyze action to move the U.S. toward sustainability without delay.

• Method: is to rate Congressmembers’ environmental record properly, comprehensively.

• Goal is to raise public awareness that many higher costs, inconveniences and hardships, inequities, and lowered quality of life and standard of living are due to people longages more than to resource shortages , so that the Congress and Administrations must:

  • acknowledge natural limits to further growth in U.S. population.

  • consider the benefits of smaller, sustainable U.S. population like the U.S. had as recently as the 1940’s.

  • vote comprehensively on environment, acknowledging the role of population numbers.

  • develop a national population policy leading toward a sustainable economy.

Presently they do none of this.

CUSP, derived from authoritative tallies, should become the accepted standard measurement of Congressional voting leading toward a sustainable US economy.

• The widely-accepted League of Conservation Voters National Scorecard (LCV) includes no votes on U.S. population.

• The well-established ZPG (Zero Population Growth now called Population Connection) Congressional Report Card includes no votes on immigration, even though U.S. Census Bureau figures show that the majority of U.S. population growth is due to immigration, the highest numbers in U.S. history.

A Congressmember can no longer be regarded as a staunch guardian of environments by virtue of a high LCV score alone.

CUSP Success: Project Vote Smart has accepted the CUSP Score as a measure of Congressmembers‘ environmental awareness.

Main Goal: LCV adopts a CUSP-type approach, scores some votes that affect future U.S. population numbers.

CUSP’s Philosophy:

Reaching U.S. sustainability is essential for preserving and protecting the Nation’s (and the World’s) natural heritage. Present U.S. growth is unsustainable. Today’s Americans are stealing from the future, their growth in numbers largely the result of federal actions promoting that growth.

"The transition to sustainability for the United States is a fundamental, enormous change - but one that is required to avoid destroying the economic, environmental and social bases of American lives and to maintain a high quality of life." (Report of the President’s Council on Sustainable Development (1996) )

Major conclusion of the 1972 Report to the President and Congress of the Commission on Population Growth and the American Future (John D. Rockefeller III, Chair) appointed by the Congress in 1970 at the request of the President:

"After two years of concentrated effort, we have concluded that, in the long run, no substantial benefits will result from further growth of the Nation’s population, rather that the gradual stabilization of our population would contribute significantly to the Nation’s ability to solve its problems. We have looked for, and have not found, any convincing economic argument for continued population growth. The health of our country does not depend on it, nor does the vitality of business nor the welfare of the average person."

CUSP is not concerned with any particular group, ethnicity or category because only numbers and consumption determine environmental impact.

CUSP does not hate anybody. On the contrary, it loves everybody and everything now and in the future, the "unborn", in the fullest sense of that word. It expresses that love in its effort to popularize the movement to reduce human population in the world, first and foremost in the United States because it is in the U.S. that "I1" and "N" are so large that, while China plus India have population numbers nearly nine times those of the U.S., the "I" global impact of the U.S. on the environment exceeds that of China and India combined!

Defining terms:

• "CUSP" is (also) short for "CUSP EnviroScore - The Truly Environmental Congressional Scorecard"

[MFS note: See Minnesota delegation CUSP Enviroscores here; also see Minnesota delegation immigration voting records here.]
* Used with permission of CUSP.
December 2004.
Please see original at < http://www.uscongress-enviroscore.org/cuspframes.html >.


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