Politics

February 17, 2013

Washington Notebook: Mills keeping options open after Cabinet post

By Kevin Miller kmiller@pressherald.com
Staff Writer

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Karen Mills, administrator of the Small Business Association, speaks at Eggs & Issues in Portland in January 2012.

2012 file photo/Gregory Rec

Snowe joined the campaign's Congressional Fiscal Leadership Council last week.

Former Maine Gov. John Baldacci, a Democrat, and former Maine Senate President Rick Bennett, a Republican, serve as co-chairs of the Fix the Debt Campaign in Maine.

MAINERS MARCH FOR CLIMATE ACTION

Several hundred Mainers are expected to join tens of thousands of other activists on Sunday for what is being billed as the largest climate change rally in history.

More than 160 organizations from across the country are involved in the Forward on Climate rally, which will take place on the National Mall. Participants will then march from the Washington Monument to the White House in an effort to pressure President Obama to take action on climate change and the controversial Keystone XL pipeline.

Locally, the Sierra Club Maine, the Natural Resources Council of Maine and Environment Maine -- among others -- were organizing groups to go to Washington.

Much to the chagrin of environmental activists and some left-leaning Democrats, the Obama administration did not push for major climate change legislation during the president's first term and the issue was rarely mentioned on the 2012 campaign trail.

But the president has signaled a major shift by talking about the need for action on global warming in both his inaugural address in January and this week's State of the Union address.

Any attempt at major climate change legislation in Congress -- such as a national tax on carbon dioxide emissions or a federal cap-and-trade system -- are guaranteed to encounter ardent opposition.

Washington Bureau Chief Kevin Miller can be reached at 317-6256 or at:

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