Senate GOP kills Miramant’s effort for Maine to join US Climate Alliance
AUGUSTA — Maine Senate Republicans on Thursday joined President Donald Trump Wednesday in walking away from America’s obligation to join the rest of the world by doing its part to fight climate change.
Sen. Dave Miramant, D-Camden, had submitted a joint order that would have led Maine toward joining the United States Climate Alliance, a group of states committed to upholding the international climate accord signed in Paris by all but two of the world’s nations in 2016. The United States had been a leader in negotiations that led to the accord, but President Donald Trump has announced that the U.S. would walk away from the Paris Agreement.
In a 17-16 party line vote, every Republican present in the chamber voted to kill the order. Every Democrat voted for it.
Twelve states and Puerto Rico have already joined the Alliance, with more states expected to join in the coming weeks. The city of Portland has joined the Climate Mayors network, a group of mayors from cities in several states that have agreed to support the goals and benchmarks of the Paris climate accord.
“States and cities around our country are declaring with one voice that Donald Trump’s weak leadership on climate change belies Americans’ real commitment to reducing emissions and increasing the development and application of clean and renewable technology,” said Sen. Miramant. “Today, Republicans in the Maine Senate had the chance to stand with the majority of Mainers who believe in climate change and our responsibility to future generations. Instead they chose to stand with an embattled president who rejects science and his responsibility to lead.”