We have a long and rich tradition of working waterfronts here in Maine. It is part of our heritage, and, for many Mainers like myself, it’s a livelihood.
As a research scientist, professor, and the owner of an oyster company in Casco Bay, there is no doubt in my mind that climate change is one of the most important issues on the ballot this November.
Our vibrant fishing community is slowly disappearing—and, if left unaddressed, climate change will only accelerate its demise. The Gulf of Maine has experienced record-level temperatures over the past three decades and is warming faster than many other bodies of water in the world. Coastal Maine has lost over 60% of its blue mussel population, and our lobster population could see a decrease of up to 62% by 2050. These impacts to shellfish are a huge warning sign.
At a time when some politicians won’t even admit that climate change is real, we need a senator that will lead on this issue. I know Sara will be this leader in the U.S. Senate, because she has already done so in our state.
As Speaker of the Maine House, Sara passed the most aggressive goals our state has ever seen for reducing carbon emissions and increasing renewable energy production. In her recent Climate Agenda, she shared her plan to invest in renewable energy so that we can achieve net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050.
We must act now to protect Maine’s natural resources and the continuation of our industries for generations to come—we can’t wait for federal action any longer. That’s why I’m voting for Sara Gideon to represent Maine in the U.S. Senate.
— Mark Green, Peaks Island, ME