2019-02-21 / Letters

Maine needs a ‘Green New Deal’

To the editor:

Last summer I worked on rooftops from Damariscotta to Bar Harbor to Bangor, installing solar for a small family owned company. I loved the job. It paid a good hourly wage, I learned a ton and the view from the “office” changed every day. But more than anything, the job was fulfilling: every solar panel installed meant a few less watts coming from fossil fuels and that is crucial, as climate change is happening right here and right now.

The Gulf of Maine is warming up and the latest report from the U.N. says we have only 12 years to transform our economy to save the world. Thankfully there’s a plan: the Green New Deal. The Green New Deal would create a massive mobilization of every sector of society to keep us safe from climate change and create millions of green jobs across the country. That means thousands upon thousands of good jobs here in Maine, just like mine. So why haven’t Sens. Angus King or Susan Collins voiced their support? Why hasn’t our new representative, Jared Golden, signed on? The Green New Deal is common sense policy that is overwhelmingly popular among the American people, regardless of political party or where folks live. For the sake of our state, our country, and our planet, I hope our representatives support the Green New Deal soon.

Nick Fuller Googins Biddeford

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