In response to “Our View: Ocean wind progress a welcome development” (June 12):

I was pleased to see that the University of Maine could be a front-runner in the wind industry going forward.

Coupled with the Clean Power Plan, which sets the first federal limit on global warming pollution from power plants, actions like this are critical to avert the worst impacts of climate change. We need to be taking more steps like this.

Next, I’d like to see Gov. LePage develop an approach for complying with the Clean Power Plan without delay. Maine should focus exclusively on energy efficiency and clean, renewable energy to meet the goals of this policy.

The governor’s recent actions to slow the growth of the solar industry in Maine are particularly disturbing. He has impeded the creation of new jobs and potentially jeopardized current jobs in solar by vetoing a bill that would have made solar panels more available to small producers.

All the while, he has been advocating for job growth. His partisanship is evident in the fact that he does not value employment opportunities from renewable energy sources.


It is necessary that Maine prepare to reduce our reliance on harmful and polluting sources of energy. We are already falling behind other states in the region when it comes to renewables because of the lack of legislative support needed to establish these new sources.

We can prevent the worst impacts of global warming. Let’s keep Maine moving forward!

Gwyneth Roberts

Cape Elizabeth

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