State of Maine Archives: on Environment

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, 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

Angus King: Maine is clean & getting cleaner

Source: 2001 State of the State address to the Maine legislature Jan 24, 2001

Angus King: Promote Smart Growth via tax breaks

The Smart Growth initiatives include promoting investments in our downtowns and service center communities, and helping communities restore traditional neighborhoods. It also includes preserving our open rural spaces and promoting agriculture by reducing penalties on farmland under the Farm and Open Space Tax Act, eliminating the sales tax on electricity use in agriculture and aquaculture, and strengthening our Right to Farm law. I strongly support this package, and will work hard to implement it.
Source: 2001 State of the State address to the Maine legislature Jan 24, 2001

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