As a young climate activist living in rural Maine I have been grateful for the recent progress my state has made towards climate solutions. I have had the opportunity to work with inspiring youth from the state, who have worked hard to make a difference in the face old, stagnant systems.
We now have a state climate plan with substantial goals to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and plans to get there. This will ensure that my generation has a fighting chance of a safe and healthy tomorrow.
But the work is far from done. These same dormant system are threatening to slow down needed progress. Although the Build Back Better Act would represent the largest investment in climate solutions in the United States, it has been subject to delays, cuts, and negotiations that have left its passage uncertain. As we approach the final weeks of the process it is crucial that Congress members support the historic legislation. We’ve done a lot in Maine, but we can’t solve the climate crisis on our own. We need this support now.
I am disappointed that 2nd District Rep. Jared Golden voted against the bill in the first House vote, especially given ongoing climate impacts and the relief the bill will provide to Maine’s people and environment. He must vote yes if he has another shot at the bill, and the rest of Maine’s delegation must do the same.
— Special to the Telegram