Sen. Susan Collins deserves to be recognized for her actions that support renewable energy in Maine.

In the 2017 appropriations for the Department of Energy, Sen. Collins was a lead sponsor of an amendment to advance clean energy solutions, increase federal energy research and development investments, and support efforts to preserve our air and climate.

The amendment was also a significant step forward in the effort to secure a clean energy future because it not only explicitly recognized that climate change is occurring but also stated that human activity is having some impact on rising temperatures.

Mainers should expect Sen. Collins to prioritize Maine values over Washington politics and continue to support common-sense renewable-energy policies that protect our environment for future generations.

Ryan Grogan

South Berwick