LePage claims "global warming is a good thing."
Governor Paul LePage’s suggestion that global warming could be a good thing for Maine is true only—
If the demise of the maple syrup industry is a good thing,
If ocean acidification destroying marine resources is a good thing,
If changing ocean temperatures resulting in relocation of marine resources is a good thing,
If canceling entire Maine shrimping seasons is a good thing,
If rising sea levels impacting Maine’s lengthy coast line is a good thing,
If introduction of new pests and diseases to threaten our agriculture and our forests is a good thing,
If the cost of responding to more extreme weather conditions is a good thing,
If the rise of human diseases and parasites in Maine is a good thing.
Even his pipeline analogy is inappropriate if not irresponsible—the last thing Maine needs is a new pipeline. LePage, however, is enamored with pipelines, which is why the state is being crisscrossed with competing natural gas pipelines so fast that the companies can’t keep straight which pipe is whose in Norridgewock. And the governor makes no bones about his junkets to Canada to woo TransCanada, Irving, Enbridge and other fossil fuel developers.
Opening up the Northwest Passage due to melting ice means more than a new route for commerce and industry. It also signifies the release of methane and carbon that have been trapped in the ice and tundra.
350 Maine agrees with the overwhelming body of scientific evidence: climate change is real, and its impacts will have major impact on our economy. Looking for ways to help society cope with the impending climate disruption is important. Looking at disruption as an opportunity for further commodification and exploitation of Maine’s resources and environment cannot be justified as a positive response to climate change.
Our view represents a majority opinion of Mainers, according to a 2013 study conducted by Stanford University. That study reveals that 78% of Mainers say global warming will be a serious problem for the U.S. that number rises to 83% when talking about the entire world. In fact a majority of Mainers have a lot of thoughts about what should be done to address global warming. According to the study—
- 75% say government should limit greenhouse gas emissions from U.S. businesses:
- 64% say the U.S. federal government should do more to address warming:
- 63% say the U.S. should take action regardless what other countries do:
- 77% want to see a reduction in greenhouse gases from power plants:
- 76% favor a national cap and trade program:
- 77% favor tax breaks to produce renewable energy.
Governor LePage has misjudged a large segment of the voters in Maine by his embracing of global warming as an economic opportunity for the state. He may have just made climate change an election issue.