A Green New Deal pitch
There is a simple way to sell the Green New Deal to at least 35 percent of the county. All they need is a mind-numbing chant like: “What do we want? A Green New Deal! Who’s going to pay for it? Mexico!”
Bold action needed
I read with interest the Feb. 21 editorial in the BDN entitled “More Americans are upset about climate change.” It is suggested in the editorial that instead of adopting the proposed Green New Deal “smaller incremental steps would be more politically palatable” to address catastrophic climate change causes.
May I suggest that the time for small incremental steps has long since gone. We all need bold action at the federal level now.
UMaine Women’s Ice Hockey Coverage
If you look back over the current hockey season (and even prior years), you would be hard pressed to find positive coverage of the University of Maine women’s hockey team by the BDN and even less coverage by television news. But everyone is quick to jump on the latest negative news about the team.
This is an amazing group of young women who deserve better with more recognition of their good work on and off the ice. They also deserve more fan support because of the talent and skill displayed by a multi-national squad. During the recent academic awards for student athletes, more than 80 percent of the women’s hockey team were recognized.
No time for small steps
The BDN’s Feb. 22 climate change editorial criticized the bold initiative known as the Green New Deal. The editorial called for “smaller incremental steps.” It singled out so-called liberal ideas of a living wage and union protections, etc. as non-environmental stipulations as though the issues are not connected. Nevertheless, the piece cited “a serious threat to Americans’ health, finances, and general well-being.”
Green New Deal framers understand that the key to success is to hold out our hands to each other during the process. Those liberal provisions are necessarily included to provide a safety net for the very American citizens who are (or will be) affected by catastrophic climate change and job losses while we shift into emerging industries.
It’s past time for more “politically palatable” solutions. We missed that chance 20 years ago. It is time for the U.S. to face reality, adapt, and rebuild a middle class. Union protections could ensure that working folks are more empowered with bargaining ability at the table with the powerful polluters, mega political donors and corporate criminals who have had unprecedented power to further stall the transition.
Mills off the mark with NECEC
Gov. Janet Mills has just given us a glimpse of her true character last week by supporting the proposed Central Maine Power transmission line through western Maine’s wilderness. After running on her strong support for Maine’s out of doors heritage and ecology, she supported a project that is a direct affront to both.
Touting possible reductions in greenhouse emissions as one of the reasons for support, she conveniently ignored the benefits of the trees to be removed in cleaning greenhouse gases from the environment. They provide and actual benefit, not a theoretical possibility.
Maine houses the only significant population of wild brook trout in the nation. Once this habitat in western Maine has the shade from all those brooks and streams that habitat will be degraded for ever. While the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife is working diligently to preserve brook trout habit, the governor is willing to significantly degrade it.
If this project was such a benefit, why have other states like New Hampshire soundly rejected similar ones? If it was such a benefit, why is CMP spending hundreds of millions to get people like the governor to support it?
We the people need to just bury the governor will letters and calls expressing our displeasure.
We also need to be at every hearing to try to stop this serious affront to our state and its environment.