From tourism and recreation, to working forests, and fishing and agricultural industries, there is no doubt that Maine’s economy is inextricably linked to the environment. Maine’s greatest treasure is its natural beauty, and Senator Collins remains committed to advancing reasonable and effective policies in the U.S. Senate to protect the environment.

Throughout her time in the U.S. Senate, Senator Collins has worked to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, spur the creation of green energy jobs, and reduce our dangerous dependence on foreign oil – 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.  Nearly 80 percent of the homes in our state rely on heating oil, leaving Maine families extremely vulnerable to high crude oil prices.

Collins, Reed Urge White House to Reverse LIHEAP Cuts

Washington, D.C.—U.S. Senators Susan Collins (R-ME) and Jack Reed (D-RI) issued the following statement in response to the White House transfer of $37 million in funding for the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) to combat the coronavirus:


“Our priority is keeping people safe and healthy, but taking money from LIHEAP would have the opposite impact.  As a result of this $37 million cut, seniors and vulnerable families could be left out in the cold. 



Senator Collins Joins Bipartisan Climate Solutions Caucus

Washington, D.C. — U.S. Senator Susan Collins recently joined the Climate Solutions Caucus along with three other Senators.  The caucus brings together an equal number of Republicans and Democrats to craft and advance bipartisan solutions to address our changing climate.



Senators Collins, King Join Bipartisan Effort to Stand Up for America’s Dairy Farmers

Washington, D.C. — U.S. Senators Susan Collins (R-ME) and Angus King (I-ME) joined a bipartisan group of Senators in sending a letter to Dr. Stephen Hahn, the new Commissioner of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Working on behalf of dairy farmers in Maine and across the country, the Senators implored Commissioner Hahn to work with Congress to combat the misuse of dairy terms on non-dairy products.



Senate Unanimously Passes Collins, Coons Resolution Recognizing U.S. Leadership in Global Progress Against Maternal and Child Malnutrition

Washington, D.C. — The Senate unanimously passed a resolution authored by U.S. Senators Susan Collins (R-ME) and Chris Coons (D-DE) recognizing the importance of U.S. leadership to improve nutrition and health of children and mothers around the world.  The resolution also supports USAID’s commitment to global nutrition through its multi-sectoral nutrition strategy.



Bill to Restore Native Plants in National Parks Introduced by Collins, Cantwell

Washington, D.C.—In a bipartisan effort to preserve biodiversity and reap the numerous benefits local flora provide to wildlife, human health, and the environment, U.S. Senators Susan Collins (R-ME) and Maria Cantwell (D-WA) introduced legislation to promote the use of native plants. 


The Native Plant Species Pilot Program Act would encourage the National Park Service (NPS) to increase the use of native plant materials on lands it cares for.



Bipartisan Bill to Expand Wind Energy Research and Development Introduced by Senators Collins, Smith Advances

Washington, D.C. — Today, the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources voted to advance legislation introduced by U.S. Senators Susan Collins (R-ME) and Tina Smith (D-MN) to reauthorize and expand the Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Wind Energy and support competitive grants to improve the efficiency, reliability, and capacity of wind energy generation.  The Wind Energy Research and Development Act now heads to the floor for consideration by the full Senate.



Collins, King Join Bipartisan Group of Senators on Letter to UN Convention in Support of Global Efforts to Combat Climate Change

Washington, D.C. — U.S. Senators Susan Collins and Angus King joined a bipartisan group of Senators in sending a letter to Patricia Espinosa, Executive Secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), in support of its global efforts to thwart climate change. The 25th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 25) is underway in Madrid to convene a meeting on the historic Paris Climate Agreement.



Senator Collins Joins Bipartisan Group in Introducing Legislation to Boost Recycling

Washington, D.C. — U.S. Senator Susan Collins joined a bipartisan group of Senators in introducing the RECYCLE Act, legislation to create a new federal grant program through the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to help increase awareness among households and consumers about their residential and community recycling programs. The bill would help increase recycling rates and reduce contamination in the recycling stream.


Collins, Duckworth Push for Federal Assistance for Communities Struggling With Stranded Nuclear Waste

Washington, D.C. — Today, U.S. Senators Susan Collins (R-ME) and Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) sent a bipartisan letter to leadership of both the House and Senate Appropriations Committees urging them to prioritize federal assistance to communities who are struggling with nuclear waste.  Due to the federal government’s inability to find a permanent solution to store spent nuclear fuel, communities around the country with closed nuclear power plants have become unwilling interim storage sites for stranded nuclear waste.



Collins, King Back Bill to Support and Expand Regional Greenhouse Gas Reduction Programs

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senators Susan Collins (R-Maine) and Senator Angus King (I-Maine) today joined a number of their colleagues in introducing bipartisan legislation to support and expand programs such as the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI), a collaborative effort across the states of Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Rhode Island, and Vermont to use market-based tools to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from the power sector.


Collins, King Announce Maine to Receive More Than $36 Million for Heating Assistance for Low-Income Mainers

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senators Susan Collins, a senior member of the Appropriations Committee, and Angus King today announced that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is releasing a total of $36,175,861 in funding for Maine through the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP), including $1,322,228 specifically for tribes and tribal organizations. 



Senators Collins, Reed Lead Call for Quick Distribution of LIHEAP Assistance

Washington, D.C. — As agencies prepare to assist low-income homeowners and renters heat their homes in the upcoming winter months, U.S. Senators Susan Collins (R-ME) and Jack Reed (D-RI) led a bipartisan coalition of senators in urging the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to release funds for the their Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) as quickly as possible under the current continuing resolution.



Senators Collins, Murphy Call on EPA to Rescind Methane Proposal

Washington, D.C. — U.S. Senators Susan Collins (R-ME) and Chris Murphy (D-CT), along with U.S. Representatives Scott Peters (CA-52) and Matt Gaetz (FL-1), on Friday wrote in strong opposition to the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) proposal to modify the New Source Performance Standards (NSPS), an Obama administration regulation to limit methane emissions from new, reconstructed, and modified sources in the oil and gas sector.


Senators Collins, Hassan Introduce Bipartisan, Bicameral Bills to Lower Energy Costs for Consumers, Increase Energy Efficiency

Washington, D.C. — U.S. Senators Susan Collins (R-ME) and Maggie Hassan (D-NH) and U.S. Representatives Jimmy Gomez (D-CA) and Mike Kelly (R-PA) last week introduced the bipartisan Home Energy Savings Act to help lower energy costs for families and reduce carbon emissions by reinstating and strengthening a tax credit for energy efficient home upgrades.


The bipartisan group will also introduce the New Home Energy Efficiency Act to help incentivize greater energy efficiency in the construction of new homes.



Senator Collins’ Bill to Advance Energy Storage Technology Clears Senate Hurdle

WASHINGTON, D.C. – With broad, bipartisan support, the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee today advanced a comprehensive energy storage package to the full Senate.  The package was reported as an amendment to the Better Energy Storage Technology (BEST) Act introduced by Senator Susan Collins (R-Maine). The committee chose to use Senator Collins’ bill as the foundation of the package to reflect of her leadership on energy storage and clean energy technologies. 




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