Tim Bishop Named Among 'America's Greenest Politicians'

The Daily Beast ranks the Democratic congressman 14.

The Daily Beast ranked the biggest advocates for the environment among U.S. politicians this week, and the First Congressional District's Rep. Tim Bishop came in at number 14.

The Southampton Democrat and five-term incumbent came in one spot ahead of 2004 presidential candidate Sen. John Kerry and two spots ahead of Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid. Rep. Raul Grijalva, of Arizona, topped the list.

The Daily Beast explained the criteria used to rate the politicos, starting with looking at who received a 97 rating or better in the most recent annual scoring by the League of Conservation Voters; Bishop had a rating of 100.

Next, The Daily Beast considered how much money the politicians are receiving in donations from the oil, gas and mining industries, and how much in contributions is coming from "green" interests, in environmental policy and alternate energy.

"These donation dollars were calculated as a percentage of each politician’s total donations over the most recent term-period (six years for senators, two years for representatives), with data from the Center for Responsive Politics and Maplight," explains The Daily Beast's Clark Merrefield. "Finally, we added bonus points for politicians who are members of environmental caucuses."

The Daily Beast notes that Bishop belongs to the House and Senate Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Caucuses; House Oceans Caucus.

According to The Daily Beast's numbers, Bishop had $2.6 million in campaign contributions, with $0 from mining, $3,500 from oil and gas, $5,000 from alternative energy and $19,972 from environmental policy groups.


JDEAL October 20, 2012 at 09:24 AM
I think people should read those emails and decide for themselves whether our congressman is a crook.
Jaguar-Guy October 20, 2012 at 10:55 AM
I think they meant "Greediest" list.
Jaguar-Guy October 20, 2012 at 11:01 AM
EXCEPT when it comes to the Poor Piping Plovers - not so much Mr. Bishop, right ?
North Fork Bob October 20, 2012 at 12:30 PM
You can vote for bad or worse. Randy is worse being shoved on us by the tea party and the Koch brothers..Kind of makes you sick.
Greg B October 20, 2012 at 01:10 PM
How can where you get donations from be a measure of your 'greenness'?? All that means is that you are taking money to promote the special interest groups' causes. That's ludicrous. And that was 1% of his donations. Nothing. Man, the Beast and the libs are desperate. What about the success of his work? How much cleaner are the waters and the land? Did he support alternate energy sources being built in the area? Why don't we have tide and current generators, wind farms, etc? Bishop is nothing but a union leftist hack. Good riddance.
Concerned October 20, 2012 at 01:23 PM
Everytime a helicopter flies overhead i think of Tim Bishop and his environmental concerns! What a silly award.
Jon Reiss October 20, 2012 at 02:16 PM
There's no doubt that I'm going to vote to re-elect Bishop. I've been one of his constituents for ten years and he's done a lot to help my family and the families of my neighbors. He's a true Long Islander who understands our problems and advocates for us on Capitol Hill. I'm not so dumb to think that Bishop is responsible for the middle class being strained on Long Island. Like many others, I know that the middle class has been destroyed by globalization, the weakening of labor unions, and the outsourcing and offshoring of our jobs. He's not repsponsible for that. While taxes are something that ALL Long Islanders contend with, Randy Altschuler represents everything that made the American dream go sour over the last decade. His greed, opportunism, and selfishness are the epitome of what's wrong with America today. He doesn't have my vote. While Tim is far from perfect, Randy is fundamentally against the middle class. Those are his values and no matter how hard he tries to sugarcoat it, his record in business speaks for itself. The Randy campaign workers who troll this page every single day will attack me and offer the same tired talking points, but I'm confident that the majority of my neighbors feel the way I do.
MARTIN DREW October 20, 2012 at 02:54 PM
I heard he is among the most corrupt ... Time 4 change ; vote for Randy... Tim IS EVERYTHING thats WRONG w/ Washington!
MARTIN DREW October 20, 2012 at 02:59 PM
Mr . Stewart ; why whe people express themselves with a opinion thats different than yours ..they are TROLLS..? Name calling is your debate style ? So if you get it ... Vote for Randy ... See Above ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^ do you really get it ?
HeyJoe October 20, 2012 at 03:06 PM
they arent trolls. this is the right wing MO. keep repeating the same flawed talking points over and over and over and brow beat and call names of anyone who doesnt agree with them in order to delegitimize what they are saying. Its not working that well anymore as more and more people stand up to them and take them on and call them on their lies.
Scratchem October 20, 2012 at 03:43 PM
Bishop get's his moolah from the unions related to all of these industries. 3 minutes on this site http://www.opensecrets.org/politicians/industries.php?cycle=2012&cid=N00025413&type=I&newmem=N will show you all you need to know about where Bishop's -declared- contributions are coming from. Newsweek has just gone out of business, just like Bishop is about to. They own the Daily Beast.
Argile October 20, 2012 at 03:45 PM
Name calling and insults are the left wings MO. And lies? What rock have you been living under these past 10 years? Taxes have skyrocketed and the middle calls and elderly can no longer afford to live here. It's a FACT not a lie. And there hasn't been one politician that has stood up for us to stop it. I'll wait for you to prove me wrong.
HeyJoe October 20, 2012 at 03:55 PM
robkoz you have got to be kidding me. i know you read the comments section here. The right wingers post over and over and over again saying the same things and try to brow beat anyone who doesnt agree with them. How many times did jaguar guy post the same comments over and over in the who won the debate comment section? how many times were names called by the right wingers? check out your candidates for president and vp. if their lips were moving they were lying.
John K Massaro October 20, 2012 at 04:10 PM
You're wrong there, Rob. Sorry. But if you were to go thru all these threads with a fine toothed comb & read each one, count off the insults & keep track, I'd bet the right side would add up against the left side at least 3 to 1. In fact, there's not one thread in here that the left could even peacefully state their opinion without the right side coming in with an insult. I can prove my point in one thread alone in here. Just look at the "Who won the 2nd debate" thread where I stated my opinion on who won, WITHOUT ONE INSULT & basically got attacked by the right. So let's not play the high & mighty "holier-than-thou" role, dude, okay? Nobody's buying it...
Frank October 20, 2012 at 04:54 PM
Tim just drop out now from the race cause you will be out anyway.
Dr. Remulak October 20, 2012 at 06:48 PM
When I read the headline, I threw up in my mouth a little bit.
DrSique October 20, 2012 at 06:53 PM
Maybe they didn't take into account that for ten grand he will give the okay to shoot roman candles at piping plovers. Liberal hypocracy literally knows no bounds. If a republican had pulled that stunt, lefties would be screaming from the mountain tops.
Argile October 20, 2012 at 07:41 PM
Don't know and don't care. Didn't get involved in that topic.
Argile October 20, 2012 at 07:47 PM
Really John? Every time I post I get attacked. Look up at Fred's post. Case in point. I'm surprised Hazel, gj, Mary Beth, or Mo Neil aren't in on this topic yet but I'm sure they'll be here eventually to call someone that opposes their views some sort of insult. Do you deny this? And I wasn't asking for anyone to prove me wrong about the name calling. I was asking someone to prove me wrong about the rest of my post: "Taxes have skyrocketed and the middle calls and elderly can no longer afford to live here. It's a FACT not a lie. And there hasn't been one politician that has stood up for us to stop it."
highhatsize October 20, 2012 at 07:54 PM
Well spoken, Jon Reiss. Congratulations, Congressman Bishop. As an EastEnder, I appreciate how important environmental quality is to my neighborhood both economically and ethically.
Jaguar-Guy October 20, 2012 at 10:51 PM
How many ??
jks October 20, 2012 at 10:52 PM
I am not a Randy campaign worker but I definitely mistrust TIme Bishop. I worked with him years ago, he only cares about himself. He seems to be very seloctive in who he helps, its only those who can do him some good.
jks October 20, 2012 at 10:54 PM
Hope so!
JDEAL October 21, 2012 at 09:02 AM
I think you are outnumbered on the "Patch". But it was close race last time and who knows maybe we will re-elect a person who may be a crook to Congress.
Had Enuf! October 21, 2012 at 10:50 AM
I can understand how Bishop earned that title.....remember his election ad in 2010? He touted how he facilitated the installation of a wind turbine on the campus of Southampton College, JUST BEFORE THE COLLEGE CLOSED! Tim Bishop and Green Jobs .......the fleecing of Long Island
RandallM October 21, 2012 at 02:07 PM
When I read the article, I could not wait to rant about Tim Bishop's hypocrisy. It is good to see so many people already understand the issue. the only "Green" thing about Tim Bishop is the money he takes to sell out environmental regulations.
Argile October 21, 2012 at 09:00 PM
Of course Democrats will vote for Tim Bishop whether he's a criminal or not. How do you think Charlie Rangel keeps getting elected?
Underdog October 21, 2012 at 11:31 PM
Of course he's among the greenest, just think of all that energy he's saved by not doing anything.
not a farmer October 22, 2012 at 12:52 PM
WOW. why dont you just write a a story with the headline VOTE FOR BISHOP? you guya are obviously in the pocket of this embezzler.
Tony G October 22, 2012 at 12:57 PM
Similar headline: Tim Bishop receives an F by the NRAPVF on gun rights. Bishop receives the worst grade for the support of second amendment rights. Altschuler receives an AQ. F rating means Bishop is a true enemy of gun owners' rights. A consistent anti-gun candidate who always opposes gun owners' rights and / or actively leads anti gun legislative efforts, or sponsors anti gun legislation. Altschuler receives an AQ meaning a pro gun candidate whose rating is based solely on the candidates responses to the NRA-PVF questionnaire and who does not have a voting record on 2nd Amendment issues. Ken LaValle received an A. Thiele gets an F as well. The majority of East Enders that were raised out here have guns or were taught how to hunt or shoot at an early age and still do. It is an important part of our heritage. We firmly believe in our Second Amendment rights and those that attempt to remove this right will be met with a no vote. All East End families are not Liberal New York City transplants and we will vote for the man that supports what we believe in, what we grew up with and what we want our children to appreciate and respect, the rights of a free people. Greenest politician? What is that again? The Grinch is also green....


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