December 9 -- As world leaders gather in France, it is clear climate change poses challenges and unique opportunities for the United States. Here at home, there are few places where this is as readily apparent as the state of Maine, where environmental stewardship is directly tied to citizens’ way of life. From the state’s picturesque coastline and its maritime industries to its working forests and recreational landscapes, it is the environment that truly serves as the primary economic driver in the Pine Tree State. Thankfully, Sen. Susan Collins’ actions in support of domestic, affordable, clean energy solutions represent responsible approaches that will help ensure a better quality of life for future generations.
This year, the Clean Power Plan was announced as a national policy aimed at achieving a 32 percent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions from power plants by the year 2030. As is often the case in Washington, political pressure has spurred division on the plan, along with efforts to block its implementation. Instead of seeking to terminate the plan in its entirety, Collins has worked to bring the federal plan in line with the work already being accomplished by government, private industry and energy consumers in Maine to address greenhouse gas emissions. >>View Article