State of Maine Archives: on Environment


Betsy Sweet: Reduce, re-use, recycle

Go green. Build green. Reduce, re-use, recycle. Make Maine a leader in green economics, increase tourism based on our policies.

Bolster the Land for Maine's Future Program. A political football under LePage, it's time to let them do what they do well.

Create a statewide trails network. Maine is sprouting up local trails across the state. I will support local trails and develop connections between trails so that people can hike, run, and bike safely from Kittery to Madawaska.

Source: Ballotpedia.org Connection: 2018 Maine Governor race Nov 1, 2018

Shawn Moody: Voluntarily adopted eco-friendly practices at Moody's

Moody's was one of the first in our industry to adopt eco-friendly practices--voluntarily--even before the EPA passed rules requiring these practices. I partnered with the Maine Audobon Society for a renewable energy project to finance the installation of solar panels. Moody's uses waterborne base coats, energy-efficient lighting, recycled sheet metal, and energy-efficient lighting and HVAC systems to ensure we maximize energy efficiency and minimize our impact on the planet.
Source: 2018 Maine Gubernatorial race website ShawnMoody.com Sep 1, 2018

Angus King: Support EPA brownfield program for industrial cleanup

Angus King sits on the Energy and Natural Resources Committee. From that position he has protected our national parks and toiled on renewable energy issues to reduce the environmental impacts of climate change. He has voted in favor of increasing the EPA's Brownfield program to clean up polluted industrial and hazardous waste sites. In Maine he fought successfully to ensure that entrance fees at Acadia National Park didn't spike out of reach of most of us.
Source: Kennebec Journal/Morning Sentinel on 2018 Maine Senate race Aug 5, 2018

Zak Ringelstein: Believes in climate change and protecting our environment

We believe the future of our planet depends on us significantly curbing carbon dioxide˙emissions and we don't think we are doing nearly enough. The effects of climate change are real and will continue to take a devastating toll on Maine, the United States, and our planet, including: natural disasters; rising waters; shrinking and moving fish populations, wildfires; spread of disease; water scarcity; loss of wildlife; and agricultural struggles.˙
Source: 2018 Me. Senate campaign website, RingelsteinForMaine.com Jun 26, 2018

Mary Mayhew: Environmental stewardship that also respects businesses

Maine's tourism and our beautiful environment are both important to Maine's economic future. But if businesses cannot compete with companies elsewhere because of overzealous environmental regulations, Maine's economy cannot be sustained on tourism alone. There must be effective environmental stewardship that also respects and appreciates the importance of businesses. I'm in favor of conservation but concerned about the amount of property that has been removed from the tax rolls each year.
Source: Portsmouth Herald on 2018 Maine Gubernatorial race Apr 13, 2018

Chris Lyons: Fight EPA regulatory over-reach

Q: Do you support or oppose the statement, "Fight EPA regulatory over-reach"?

A: support

Source: OnTheIssues interview of 2018 Maine Senate candidate Mar 6, 2018

Paul LePage: Land preservation reduces tax revenue

Nearly 20% of our state is conserved from development. This is an area larger than Connecticut. In 1993, about 35,800 acres of land was owned by land trusts. That number has increased by an astonishing 1,270%. Land trusts now control more than half-a- million acres with an estimated value of over $400 million. Ask your local officials how much land in your community has been taken off the tax rolls. Ask them how much in tax revenue it would be contributing today to help reduce your property taxes.
Source: 2018 Maine State of the State address Feb 13, 2018

Janet Mills: Joins coalition to reject proposed cuts in funding to EPA

Atty Gen Janet Mills joined a coalition of 13 states calling on the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives to reject "deep and damaging" cuts in funding for the EPA and anti-environmental riders. "Maine has been a leader in the fight for clean water and clean air since Senator Ed Muskie championed the original Clean Water Act," said Atty Gen Mills. "In Maine, we hunt, fish, and hike year-round and these proposed cuts will severely damage Maine's environment and economy if passed."
Source: WAGM-TV on 2018 Maine Gubernatorial race Oct 15, 2017

Eliot Cutler: Helped Senator Ed Muskie craft the Clean Air Act

Maine is a place of unrivaled natural beauty. Maine can also be a place of boundless opportunity--as long as we don't put that great natural beauty or the health of our citizens in harm's way. When I helped Senator Ed Muskie craft the Clean Air Act, he argued over and over again that Maine need not sacrifice jobs for a clean and healthy environment. That's still sound thinking.
Source: 2014 gubernatorial campaign website, CutlerForMaine.com Dec 31, 2013

Paul LePage: Abstain from EPA petition to cut Midwest emissions

Environmental groups attacked Gov. Paul LePage for his refusal to sign a petition in favor of tough standards in nine states from which pollution affects air quality in Maine and other eastern states.

Governors in eight stats--including every New England state except Maine--have asked the US EPA to force states in the Midwest and South to reduce ozone-forming power plant emissions.

The LePage administration said Maine joined two other Ozone Protection Zone states--PA & NY--in abstaining from the petition, in part because Maine's air is already clean enough to meet federal standards: "Maine is in attainment with federal air standards and the largest source of impacts to Maine's air is actually from mobile sources, not stationary ones. DEP has strong reasons to believe that future state and federal pollution requirements will mean further overall emission reductions from mobile and stationary sources, and that the state will continue to meet the federal air standards."

Source: Bangor Daily News on 2014 Maine Governor race Dec 9, 2013

Mike Michaud: AdWatch: Replace LePage with a pro-environment governor

A leading environmental group is endorsing Rep. Michaud in what seems to already be a three-person governor's race in Maine. The Sierra Club announced their support for Michaud at a news conference Monday.

The group had already said there's one candidate who's been stricken from their list: Gov. Paul LePage. That left either Michaud or independent Eliot Cutler. A spokesman says the environmental group is devoting all of its resources to replacing LePage with "a pro-environment governor."

Source: MPBN Maine Public Broadcasting on 2014 Maine Governor race Nov 25, 2013

Eliot Cutler: More bus services, dedicated HOV lanes, and bike routes

Q: What policies do you advocate for increasing public transportation choices for Mainers?

A: Our transportation goal should be moving more people and more goods at lower costs and with fewer environmental impacts. New bus services, dedicated lanes for high-occupancy vehicles and buses, bike routes, and sidewalks along existing roads can typically all be obtained for less than 1/10 of the cost of a typical road widening. The last decade has brought exciting success stories for rail transportation in Maine, notably the intermodal facility in Auburn and the return of passenger rail service to Maine. State investments in new or expanded transportation systems--whether roads, passenger or freight rail, buses or other modes--need to meet a cost-effectiveness test and need to be compared with alternatives where the analysis takes into account not only the economic costs and benefits of the alternatives, but also the environmental costs and benefits.

Source: Sierra Club Questionnaire on 2014 Maine Gubernatorial race Oct 16, 2013

John Baldacci: 2003: Vetoed ban on foreign workers in logging industry

Excerpts from legislation: LD 491: An Act Regarding Timber Harvesting on Land Managed by the Division of Parks and Public Lands: This bill prohibits contracting for timber harvesting on land under [public] management if the contractor uses persons employed under the federal labor certification process for employment of foreign workers in logging for that purpose.

Excerpts from veto message: This bill reflects the same policy outlined in LD 284 from the 121st Legislature; it was vetoed by Governor Baldacci for the same reason: the bill is unconstitutional. I support Maine loggers working Maine lands. However, we must abide by our oaths to uphold the Constitutions of this State and the United States. For these reasons, I return LD 491 unsigned and vetoed.

Legislative outcome: Rollcall #291, June 17, 2013, veto override failed Senate 18-17 (2/3 required); RC #132 May 28, 2013, passed House 85-54; Veto Sustained.

Source: Maine legislative voting records: 2005 LD 284 Jun 14, 2013

Paul LePage: Vetoed ban on foreign workers in logging industry

Excerpts from legislation: LD 491: An Act Regarding Timber Harvesting on Land Managed by the Division of Parks and Public Lands: This bill prohibits contracting for timber harvesting on land under [public] management if the contractor uses persons employed under the federal labor certification process for employment of foreign workers in logging for that purpose.

Excerpts from veto message: This bill reflects the same policy outlined in LD 284 from the 121st Legislature; it was vetoed by Governor Baldacci for the same reason: the bill is unconstitutional. I support Maine loggers working Maine lands. However, we must abide by our oaths to uphold the Constitutions of this State and the United States. For these reasons, I return LD 491 unsigned and vetoed.

Legislative outcome: Rollcall #291, June 17, 2013, veto override failed Senate 18-17 (2/3 required); RC #132 May 28, 2013, passed House 85-54; Veto Sustained.

Source: Maine legislative voting records: LD 491 Jun 14, 2013

Paul LePage: Change environmental laws to replace red tape with jobs

LePage sent to the Legislature's new Joint Select Committee on Regulatory Fairness and Reform 36 sweeping changes to environmental laws. LePage's submission ignited howls of protest from environmental groups, who had met with the governor in a forum to try to persuade him that environmental laws are good for the economy. "We are shocked and stunned," said the executive director of the Natural Resources Council of Maine, one of the state's largest and oldest environmental advocacy groups.

LePage's proposals are based on a series of "red tape workshops" that the administration is holding with chambers of commerce to identify government rules that may dampen the state's business climate. "Job creation and investment opportunities are being lost because we do not have a fair balance between our economic interests and the need to protect the environment," LePage said in a written statement accompanying the list.

Source: Portland Press Herald on 2014 Maine gubernatorial race Jan 25, 2011

Paul LePage: Stop manufacturer recycling; start cost-benefit analyses

Some of the governor's proposals for environmental reform include:
  • Opening 10 million acres of northern Maine to development.
  • Revise the law so that manufacturers do not have to pay to recycle their consumer products.
  • Reverse a vote taken by the state Board of Environmental Protection to phase out the use of bisphenol A in children's products.
  • Making Maine's environmental laws conform to less stringent federal standards.
  • Requiring a cost-benefit analysis for all rulemakings.
  • Relaxing air emissions removal standards, especially for smaller projects.
  • Replacing the BEP with a system of administrative judges who would hear appeals of state Department of Environmental Protection staff decisions.
  • Allowing vertical building additions on sand dunes whether or not the entire building is on posts.
  • Requiring the DEP to act within 30 days of receiving applications for site development permits.
  • Source: Portland Press Herald on 2014 Maine gubernatorial race Jan 25, 2011

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