Maine Climate Protection Petition

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On behalf of all the world’s children, 350 Maine is partnering with a youth-driven campaign to stabilize the world’s deteriorating climate. The campaign is led by the Maine Climate Protectors coalition, with support from Our Children’s Trust.

Members of the Maine bar, together with faculty and students from the University of Maine School of Law, put together a petition requesting the Maine Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) to implement a rule-making proceeding that will make good on a fourteen year-old climate law. That law mandates serious long-term reductions in greenhouse gas emissions. How serious? In the words of the Legislature, the reductions must be “sufficient to eliminate any dangerous threat to the climate.” 38 M.R.S.A. § 576 (emphasis added).

In late January 2018, 350 Maine along with youth groups and other organizations filed a petition for rule-making with Maine’s DEP. 350 Maine volunteers collected hundreds of signatures from registered Maine voters to move this petition forward. We brought this action to ensure that the climate remains stable enough to maintain our and our posterity’s fundamental and unalienable rights to a livable future in Maine. This includes a healthy atmosphere and stable climate system. After accepting the petition signatures, the DEP is holding a hearing to get public comments.

Please send written testimony in support of the petition to rulecomments.dep@maine.gov with subject: Comment on Citizen Petition for Rulemaking to Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions. The public comment period ends 6/29/2018.

 

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