The executive director of Maine’s Republican Party described Gov. Janet Mills’ speech to the United Nations last week as inspiring but not realistic in the long term.
“What happens is Janet Mills and other Democrats make positive speeches that sound wonderful, and what happens to follow it up is a whole bunch of destructive proposals that don’t have the people of Maine at heart,” Jason Savage, executive director of the Maine Republican Party, told The Center Square.
The speech lacked specifics, Savage said. “We’re all environmentalists at heart, but Janet Mills doesn’t connect it to the proposals that she’s going to use to get us there.”
During the speech, Mills invoked Maine's connection to nature and vowed that the state would be a leader in combating climate change.
"What is more precious than water, air, soil, the health and happiness of our children and our children’s children and yours?" she said. "For all of them, today, by executive order, I am pledging that Maine will be carbon neutral by 2045."
Mills’ executive order to make Maine carbon neutral will be expensive to implement, Savage said.
“As Mainers we love our environment, whether you’re Republican or Democrat," he said. "We have wonderful forests that do amazing carbon sequestration. As a state, our carbon emissions are very low, and down over the last decade.”
The governor’s executive order requires the newly created Maine Climate Council to provide recommendations by December 2020 on achieving a carbon neutral economy by 2045. The climate council’s first meeting took place Thursday.
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