What should be Gov. Baldacci’s environmental grade?

Posted Sept. 20, 2010, at 3:31 p.m.

The League of Conservation Voters, acting as an umbrella for other environmental

groups, gave Gov. Baldacci a B+ for his efforts over the last two years, using a dozen

issues as benchmarks. The governor got an A+ for his support for a bill to remove toxics

from consumer items, but a C for transportation policies. What grade should he get for

the last eight years? The Plum Creek development was permitted during his tenure, and

the expedited wind power policy was approved. Are these wins or losses for the

environment? How could he have improved his transportation grade?