ISSUE

Preserving our Natural Environment

From rising seas to warming temperatures to deadly natural disasters, Maine’s climate is changing in profound and dangerous ways. Janet understands the serious implications for our state, our economy, and our people – both present and future – and that is exactly why she took bold and decisive action in the fight against climate change.

Under her leadership, Maine joined the United States Climate Alliance, a bipartisan coalition of 25 governors and states that have committed to climate action, created the Maine Climate Council, withdrew from a national offshore drilling coalition, and removed a moratorium on clean wind power development.

Janet has prioritized action against climate change in Maine through setting ambitious carbon emissions reduction goals, facilitating the transition to renewable energy, and making Maine communities more resilient to climate effects.

With bipartisan support of the Legislature, the state has enacted among the nation’s most ambitious targets for transitioning to renewable energy and reducing greenhouse gas emissions. In 2019, Governor Mills pledged Maine will become carbon-neutral by 2045, a commitment which she signed into law that year.

Additionally, Janet has committed to more than doubling Maine’s clean energy jobs to 30,000 by 2030 and made historic investments in climate priorities through her biennial budget and the Maine Jobs & Recovery Plan

Janet is a life-long outdoorswoman and understands that Mainers lives and livelihoods are inextricably tied to our environment. Her Administration moved swiftly to preserve and protect our natural resources – from delivering grants to improve drinking and wastewater infrastructure, to taking aggressive action to tackle the serious problem of PFAS contamination, to reinvigorating the Land for Maine’s Future Program to conserve lands and waters for future generations.

There’s more to do and Mainers can count on Janet to always ensure this beautiful place we all call home remains that way for future generations. 

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