a recent editorials In the Press Herald, he pointed out some of the absurdities of Republican rhetoric about who cares about lobster fishing and the Gulf of Maine (“Our view: Republicans are angry at the lobster industry but there is no real solution”, Oct. 23). The paper correctly points out that we all have a common interest in the health of the Gulf of Maine, the prosperity of our fisheries, and a future that addresses the impacts of climate change.
So why is the Maine Republican Party attacking Maine Conservation voters’ support for Governor Mills’ re-election? Simply put, the party is trying to distract voters from Paul Lepage’s terrible environmental record. . This is embarrassingly out of step with the people of Maine and endangers our state’s most vulnerable people, including the elderly and children.
It can be difficult to distinguish between two candidates. In the gubernatorial race, the choice is clear. Governor Mills is propelling Maine toward a clean energy future, protecting land, water and health. Paul LePage drove his car in reverse.
When Governor Mills delivered his inaugural address on January 2, 2019, she swore To tackle climate change and chart a new path to grow Maine’s clean energy economy. Over the past four years, the Governor has delivered on that promise, restored Maine’s reputation as a climate and conservation leader, and challenged other states to match our progress. will you? “
With overwhelming bipartisan support, Governor Mills set main to course achieve 80% clean and renewable energy by 2030 reduce the nation’s dependence on oil. she promised 80% reduction in carbon pollution by 2050At the same time, she honored her commitment to making sure our water, wildlife and lifestyle are protected for our children and grandchildren.
Governor Mills said this Investing in programs like Land for Maine’s Future, Improving river water quality standards When support the farmers Their lives are marred by dangerous perpetual chemicals like PFAS contamination.
Paul Lepage, by contrast, was one of the most prominent. anti-environment governor in history.Instead of advancing pressing issues like climate change, he spent his eight years attack Basic protection of our water, health, land and wildlife.he I was blocked A voter-approved bond financing for a popular Maine future plan acted against the will of the people, the sportsmen, and even his own party.
LePage has repeatedly opposed renewable energy projects, stating: Maine is New England’s last place for solar jobs It keeps the nation dependent on foreign oil. he was resurrected, Union To open the Maine coast to destructive oil and gas exploration, oppose From businesses, fishermen, and the entire Maine congressional delegation.he also put the oil industry lobbyist I am in charge of the State Environmental Protection Agency.
Despite rising temperatures, increased tick-borne diseases, and damage from rising sea levels, Lepage said climate change is not a threat to Maine communities.He also claimed Climate change could be good for the state. In an obvious move, after leaving the office, LePage paid as a lobbyist To defend the interests of Central Maine Power.
To this day, LePage still doesn’t realize how closely linked the health of Maine’s environment, people, and economy are.
During the Lepage administration, we lost precious time fighting climate change. His inaction on clean energy was shortsighted and irresponsible, robbed us of our jobs, kept us dependent on oil, and turned our backs on future generations.
The Maine Conservation Voters Action Fund is proud to endorse Governor Mills’ re-election. With her leadership, Maine is on the right track. We can’t afford to let her opponent, Paul LePage, back down Maine again. What we do in the next few years will determine the future we create for our children. A governor of action is required. We need Janet Mills.
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