From tourism and recreation to working forests, fishing, and agriculture, there is no doubt that Maine’s economy is inextricably linked to the environment. Maine’s greatest treasure is its natural beauty, and I remain committed to advancing reasonable and effective policies to protect the environment.
Throughout my time in the U.S. Senate, I have worked to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and spur the creation of clean energy jobs – while retaining important American manufacturing jobs. High costs of energy are burdensome to Maine families, truck drivers, farmers, fishermen, schools, small businesses, mills, and factories. Approximately 60 percent of Maine households rely on fuel oil as their primary source of home heating, leaving Maine families extremely vulnerable to high crude oil prices.