Maine’s environment and health are at stake

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Less than a week after overturning Roe v. Wade, the United States Supreme Court struck down the Clean Air Act by West Virginia v. EPA. Thirteen million people die each year from preventable climate-related causes, a number now effectively sanctioned by a supposedly pro-life justice system.

The Clean Air Act was spearheaded by Maine’s own Senator Ed Muskie more than 50 years ago and was one of this country’s first — and most successful — climate acts. It has reduced air pollution by 70%, prevented hundreds of thousands of premature deaths and its economic benefits outweigh the costs by more than 30 to 1. At a time when we need climate action Explicitly, the Supreme Court prioritizes myopic goals that push national decarbonization further. of reach while causing more deaths, economic damage and insecurity.

The air quality in a state like Maine is particularly sensitive to EPA monitoring because the majority of our pollution comes from other states. Just like in most countries around the world, our health here is determined by the actions taken elsewhere.

In delivering the court’s opinion, Chief Justice John Roberts indicated that Congress needed to step up its efforts. Fortunately, we have a reconciliation package ready for congressional approval that has the ability to do just that. Please ask for US Sens. Angus King and Susan Collins endorse this package — our last hope — to ensure cleaner air for Maine and to embolden Congress to prepare for an environmental future.

Susana Hancock

Freeport

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