U.S. Sen. Angus King recently introduced an Acadia National Park expansion apology bill (retroactively validating Acadia’s annexation of land on the Schoodic Peninsula) that could easily have included a section forbidding further national park and national monument acquisitions in Maine without congressional approval. But the senator’s bill does not contain such language.

Sen. King could stop the Maine Woods National Monument if he wanted to, with a call to President Obama or some well-crafted legislation. Instead, we get this cover for green lawlessness and political kabuki theater designed to make sure he is not blamed. It’s time to turn LePage.

Jon Reisman