September 20, 2011
AUGUSTA— The non-partisan groups Maine Conservation Voters (MCV) and Natural Resources Council of Maine (NRCM) gave Rep. Anne Graham, D-North Yarmouth, a “4 out of 4” for her votes to protect the environment and invest in clean energy during the first session of the 125th Legislature. Rep. Mark Bryant, D-Windham, also received a positive score from the MCV.
“It was disconcerting to see efforts by Governor LePage and some Republican legislators to roll-back environmental standards championed by local Republicans like Sherry Huber and Horace Hildreth,” said Graham. “Whether it is fishing, logging, or our tourist industry many Maine jobs depend on our natural resources and are a part of our proud outdoor heritage. When ideas like repealing our bottle redemption policies and putting billboards up along our roads receive support you know something is wrong.”
Legislators were graded on their votes regarding energy efficiency, clean water, children’s health, wildlife and the North Woods. The MCV and the NRCM 2011 scorecards measured votes on some of the most significant environmental issues passed this year:
In past years, MCV and NRCM scorecards have been used to showcase votes that furthered protections for Maine’s environment, which is central to the state’s economic brand. This year, the scorecard evaluated votes against an anti-environment agenda advanced by certain Republican lawmakers and Governor Paul LePage.
View the full scorecards on the web site for Maine Conservation Voters and the Natural Resources Council of Maine.
Jodi Quintero [Bryant, Graham], 287-1488, c. 841-6279