As a born and bred Mainer who grew up hunting, fishing, hiking, and camping with my Maine Guide grandfather, protecting Maine’s clean water, clean air, abundant natural beauty and diverse wildlife is a core value for me.
As someone who cares deeply about growing Maine’s economy and creating jobs, I believe our next governor must have a vision that sees our natural beauty – and policies that protect that natural beauty – as one of Maine’s top economic assets when it comes to both:
- Growing and supporting Maine’s rural economy, our fishermen and women, and all the small businesses and communities who depend on the tourism and recreation income for their livelihood,
- Attracting new people, entrepreneurs and businesses to Maine.
My vision of environmental leadership, which I will talk about more during the campaign, has a few core principals. Among those are:
- Honoring our heritage. Generations of Mainers of all stripes, regardless of party, have cared about conserving Maine’s great natural heritage. We must do the same.
- Continuing Senator Muskie’s legacy. Senator Muskie led our country in creating the first clean water and clean air laws. Those were hard fought battles against entrenched interests at the time, but there is no one who can argue that we are not immeasurably better off today as a result of his farsighted leadership. Maine must continue to provide that leadership for the next generation, meeting the new challenges we face today.
- Believing in science and doing what is right for Maine. Ask a fisherman, a hunting lodge owner, or a world-renowned scientist at the Gulf of Maine Research Institute and they will tell you: our climate is changing. And, more importantly, those changes are already having massive consequences for Maine. Maine must lead aggressively. That means Maine becoming 100% renewable energy within ten years, actively supporting the Paris Climate Agreement, and joining the United States Climate Alliance on day one, and working urgently with Maine fishermen and women and scientists to protect the health of the Gulf of Maine fishery.
- Respect for traditional uses and access to Maine lands. We need to make sure all voices in all parts of Maine are heard when it comes to environmental policies and priorities, including the voices of people who have traditionally enjoyed access to Maine’s land for hunting, fishing, snowmobiling and other forms of recreation.