Sen. Carpenter earns high marks for voting record on environment

Posted: August 04, 2020 | Uncategorized

AUGUSTA – Sen. Mike Carpenter, D-Houlton, earned a perfect score from the Maine Conservation Voters for his votes to preserve Maine’s rich natural resources, invest in clean, renewable energy and protect the public from harmful chemicals. This 2020 Environmental Scorecard, released last week, highlighted Sen. Carpenter receiving a score of 100 percentin the 129th legislative session.

“I care about the environment, because I care about the future. Our children need to grow up in a safe world, our farmers and loggers need to be able to earn a living, and we can’t do that if we don’t take care of our natural resources,” said Sen. Carpenter. 

Sen. Carpenter is a strong advocate for the environment and energy independence as indicated by his voting record. He cares about fishing rights for Maine’s Native American population, many of whom live in Aroostook County. He proudly supported LD 1775, “An Act to Protect Sustenance Fishing,” to update Maine’s water quality classification system and ensures that Maine tribes have better and safe access to fish. 

The Environmental Scorecard, released last week, tracks how each member of the Maine Legislature votes on key environmental issues in an effort to hold elected officials accountable. Sen. Carpenter who has a lifetime pro-environmental voting record of 86 percent, is a proven champion for Maine’s environment. 

“The unprecedented circumstances of 2020 have forced us all to reconsider many aspects of our lives and our society. Throughout it all, MCV is grateful for the leadership of lawmakers who are voting to accelerate Maine’s transition to a clean energy economy and deliver the environmental and public health results that communities across our state want and deserve,” said Beth Ahearn, Director of Government Affairs at MCV. 

The Maine Conservation Voters scored six key initiatives debated by the legislature this year, including the Land for Maine’s Future Bond, which was the only initiative proposal that didn’t pass. All 21 Senate Democrats received perfect scores for their environmental record. MCV’s Scorecard can be viewed online at www.maineconservation.org/scores

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