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.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senators Angus King (I-Maine) and Susan Collins (R-Maine) introduced the Combined Heat and Power (CHP) Support Act, legislation that would support businesses that want to invest in energy efficiency technology, help diversify energy options for rural industries, and maximize Maine’s natural resources. The CHP Support Act reauthorizes and funds the CHP Technical Assistance Partnerships (TAP) program for the next five years – a program that has helped multiple Maine businesses install energy-efficient CHP equipment and save on energy costs.
Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senators Susan Collins (R-ME) and Chris Murphy (D-CT) introduced the Super Pollutants Act of 2019, a bipartisan climate bill that aims to reduce emissions of short-lived climate pollutants (SLCPs). The legislation would reduce SLCPs in the atmosphere by enabling federal agencies to set up a taskforce with businesses and non-profits to speed the adoption of SLCP-reducing technologies and policies, while supporting American-led innovations and calling for emission reductions. U.S.
Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senators Susan Collins (R-ME), Pat Toomey (R-PA), and Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) are working together to end an egregious form of corporate welfare that hurts the environment and drives up the cost of everything from gasoline to groceries.
The Restore Environmental Sustainability to Our Renewable Energy (RESTORE) Act abolishes the corn ethanol mandate in the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS).
Washington, D.C. — Today, the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee passed bipartisan bills championed by U.S. Senator Susan Collins that would lower energy costs for our nation’s schools and extend the federal government’s landmark energy efficiency program. This legislation now awaits consideration by the full Senate.
Washington, D.C. — U.S. Senators Susan Collins (R-ME) and Tom Carper (D-DE) introduced a bill that would spark investments in offshore wind power, helping to create thousands of good-paying American jobs by supporting the construction of offshore wind energy projects.
Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Susan Collins (R-ME) joined Senators Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), Dan Sullivan (R-AK), and Bob Menendez (D-NJ) in launching a new effort to combat marine debris.
Washington, D.C.— U.S. Senator Susan Collins (R-ME) joined Senators Edward J. Markey (D-MA), Tom Carper (D-DE), and Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) in introducing legislation to create a grant program for offshore wind career training and education.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senators Susan Collins (R-Maine) and Angus King (I-Maine), co-chair of the Senate Arctic Caucus and a member of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, announced that the U.S. Department of Energy's Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) awarded a $200,000 grant to Ocean Renewable Power Company (ORPC), a marine renewable energy company headquartered in Portland, Maine.
Washington, D.C. — U.S. Senators Susan Collins (R-ME) and Angus King (I-ME) announced today that a total of $6 million in federal brownfields funding has been awarded for the assessment and cleanup of 14 sites in Maine, more funding than any other state in the country this year. The federal grants awarded by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will assist local communities as they work to redevelop these contaminated sites in order to improve the environment and promote future economic development.
Washington, D.C. — U.S. Senators Susan Collins (R-ME), a member of the Senate Working Forests Caucus, and Angus King (I-ME), a cofounder of the Senate Working Forests Caucus, joined a bipartisan group of Senators in introducing legislation to help expand the use of renewable wood energy. The bill would allow the use of biomass from certain federal and non-federal lands to promote healthier forests, more carbon sequestration, and cleaner transportation fuels.
WASHINGTON, D.C. —U.S. Senator Susan Collins (R-ME) and Tina Smith (D-MN) led a bipartisan group in introducing the Promoting Grid Storage Act of 2019, legislation to boost research and development of cutting-edge technologies to increase energy storage capabilities for America’s electric grid and enable the expanded use of clean energy.
WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Senators Susan Collins (R-Maine) and Angus King (I-Maine) announced today that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services has awarded $1,000,000 to the Clark Island Wetlands Conservation Project in Saint George. As part of the project, the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife (MDIFW) will purchase an additional 168 acres of Clark Island neighboring the existing 250-acre Clark Island conservation area. The overall site will protect breeding and migratory habitats for birds while also enhancing outdoor recreation opportunities.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senators Susan Collins (R-Maine) and Angus King (I-Maine), a cofounder of the Senate Working Forests Caucus, applauded a U.S. Forest Service announcement that GO Lab, Inc., in Belfast and the University of Maine (UMaine) in Orono have each been awarded $250,000 from the U.S.
Washington, D.C. — U.S. Senators Susan Collins and Angus King announced today that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has awarded the State of Maine a total of $23,304,000 from the Clean Water and Drinking Water State Revolving Fund (SRF) programs to improve drinking water and water infrastructure throughout the state.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senators Susan Collins (R-Maine) and Angus King (I-Maine) joined a bipartisan group of New England Senators to reintroduce legislation barring oil and gas drilling off the region’s shoreline. Oil and gas exploration in the Atlantic would put vital coastline and precious ocean resources at risk, threatening a central economic engine for New England.
Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Susan Collins (R-ME) joined Senators Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), Lamar Alexander (R-TN), and Gary Peters (D-MI) in introducing the Driving America Forward Act, legislation to expand the electric vehicle and hydrogen fuel cell tax credits.
Washington, D.C.—U.S. Senator Susan Collins issued this statement following the confirmation of David Bernhardt to be Secretary of the U.S. Department of the Interior:
WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Susan Collins (R-Maine) and Angus King (I-Maine) joined a bipartisan group of Senators in introducing the Land and Water Conservation Fund Permanent Funding Act, legislation to permanently fund the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) at a level of $900 million per year. This legislation comes after the John D. Dingell, Jr.
Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Susan Collins (R-ME) joined Senators Chris Coons (D-DE), Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) in introducing the Sustainable Chemistry Research and Development Act of 2019.
This bipartisan bill encourages the development of new and innovative chemicals, products, and processes with an improved environmental footprint through efficient use of resources, reducing or eliminating exposure to hazardous substances, or otherwise minimizing harm to human health and the environment.
Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Susan Collins (R-ME) joined Senators Chris Coons (D-DE), Jack Reed (D-RI), and Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) in introducing legislation to strengthen and reauthorize the heart of the federal government’s energy efficiency strategy—the Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP). The Weatherization Enhancement and Local Energy Efficiency Investment and Accountability Act of 2019 would reauthorize the program through 2024.
Washington, D.C. – In a letter sent to Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Andrew Wheeler, U.S. Senator Susan Collins (R-ME) joined Senators Lamar Alexander (R-TN), Tom Carper (D-DE), Joe Manchin (D-WV), Thom Tillis (R-NC), and Sherrod Brown (D-OH) in urging the Administration to withdraw a proposed rule that could lead to changes to the EPA’s Mercury Rule.