Miramant proposal would have Maine honor Paris Agreement

Posted: June 07, 2017 | Senator Miramant

AUGUSTA — Sen. Dave Miramant, D-Camden, has submitted a joint order to the Maine Legislature that would have Maine lead by working with other states to observe the goals and benchmarks of the Paris Agreement.

Sen. Miramant’s joint order comes on the heels of President Trump’s decision to withdraw the United States from the United Nations Paris Agreement of 2015, which aims to reduce the effects of greenhouse gas emissions. The agreement takes effect in 2020.

The United States Climate Alliance is a bipartisan group of states committed to upholding the Paris Agreement. Eleven states are currently members of the pact, and Miramant’s bill would direct the state to join such an alliance.

“President Trump’s decision to withdraw the United States from the Paris Agreement is a disaster. It needlessly condemns our children and grandchildren to an increasingly inhospitable planet,” said Miramant. “We only get one Earth. It is essential that we make sure Maine does its part to protect it — ensuring that clean water, clean air, and a healthy ecosystem are intact for future generations.”

Joint orders may be used to express the Legislature’s will that an action be taken (to direct a state agency to do something or convey the legislature’s opinion or sentiment). Orders may also be used to establish a legislative study or authorize a committee to report out legislation.