Sens. Carson, Vitelli earn high marks for voting record on environment

Posted: August 03, 2020 | Senator Carson, Senator Vitelli

Maine Conservation Voters’ Annual Environmental Scorecard Highlights Champions for Maine’s Environment

Sen. Brownie Carson, D-Harpswell, and Sen. Eloise Vitelli, D-Arrowsic, earned perfect scores from the Maine Conservation Voters for their 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 both senators for receiving a score of 100 percentin the 129th legislative session.

“From the ocean to the mountains, Maine’s natural resources and beauty are a vital part of our way of life and our economy,” said Sen. Vitelli. “Protecting and preserving our environment for future generations is essential for everything else we do as elected officials, so I’m proud that my voting record in the Legislature reflects my deep commitment to environmental causes.”

Sen. Vitelli has a long history of supporting initiatives to promote, protect and preserve Maine’s natural resources. She has a lifetime 100 percent pro-environmental voting record. In 2019, she sponsored LD 1494, “An Act To Reform Maine’s Renewable Portfolio Standard,” which invests in clean-energy jobs and moves Maine to increase its reliance on renewable energy sources to 80% by 2030 and a full 100% by 2050. This new law was one of the policies highlighted on MCV’s scorecard.

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.

“It’s our responsibility to do everything we can to protect our environment and natural resources, so that those who come after us can enjoy them as we have,” said Sen. Carson. “In Maine, our environment is essential to our economy and our quality of life. I’m proud to have worked on these critical issues throughout my career, and to have had the opportunity to do this important work in the Legislature.”

As chair of the Legislature’s Environment and Natural Resources Committee, Sen. Carson has led efforts to ensure Mainers have clear air and clean water, which is reflected in his 100 percent lifetime voting record on the environmental scorecard. Sen. Carson also sits on the Governor’s Climate Council, which aims to reduce emissions by 45 percent by 2030 and at least 80 percent by 2050, as well as achieve carbon neutrality in Maine by 2045. Before joining the Legislature, Sen. Carson spent nearly three decades as the Director of the Natural Resources Council of Maine.

“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.