Sens. Claxton, Libby earn high marks for voting record on environment

Posted: August 03, 2020 | Senator Claxton, Senator Libby

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

Sen. Ned Claxton, D-Auburn, and Senate Majority Leader Nate Libby, D-Lewiston, 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 percent in the 129th legislative session.

“Maine’s beautiful, accessible outdoor space is vitally important to both our economy and our way of life,” said Sen. Libby. “But our environment won’t be clean and bountiful forever if we don’t implement good public policies to protect it, and I’m committed to ensuring that we do.”

Sen. Libby has a long history of supporting initiatives to promote, protect and preserve Maine’s environment, and a lifetime 97 percent pro-environmental voting record. As Lewiston’s State Senator, he has been a strong advocate for bringing passenger rail service back to the city, which would reduce carbon emissions from the transportation sector, which currently makes up 53% of Maine’s greenhouse gas emissions.

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.

“The COVID-19 pandemic is a reminder of how much I value the outdoors here in Maine,” said Sen. Claxton. “Even in these times where social distancing is necessary, you can always find a great spot outside to hike, fish or relax, all while staying safe and apart from others. I’m proud to have fought to protect our environment for folks to enjoy for years to come.”

Sen. Claxton has been a strong supporter of legislation to protect Maine’s environment and resource-based economy. He has a 100% lifetime pro-environmental voting record.

“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