Letters, Jan. 7

Jan 07, 2021

Maine Won't Wait

In December the Maine Climate Council launched their four-year action plan, “Maine Won’t Wait,” a comprehensive vision for addressing the climate crisis. The plan was developed by a broad, bipartisan coalition of participants including scientists, business and industry leaders, state and local officials and members of the general public. The plan is designed to put Maine on a trajectory to decrease greenhouse gas emissions by 45% by 2030 and 80% by 2050, and achieve carbon neutrality by 2045.

The plan’s goals fall into four categories: reducing greenhouse gas emissions, avoiding the costs and negative impacts of inaction, creating new jobs and economic opportunities, and advancing equity through responding to climate change. Implementation of “Maine Won’t Wait” will require a multifaceted effort by the governor’s office, the state Legislature, the business community and individual citizens.

All Midcoast businesses, civic organizations, local governments, environmental groups and concerned citizens should familiarize themselves with the plan in order to anticipate coming changes, consider ways to help shape the outcomes, and chart future directions for our communities.

A pdf of “Maine Won’t Wait” is available on maine.gov. For more information on a crucial approach to achieving Maine’s greenhouse gas emissions goals, see citizensclimatelobby.org or CarbonCashback4ME.

Bernie Baker

Belfast

Is 'exceptionalism' a good thing?

Donald Trump's unhinged, malignant and quite possibly delusional narcissism is bound to produce a library's worth of scholarly commentary. As a permanently bemused citizen with respect to Trumpian phenomena, I'm more inclined to ponder a less discussed and rather more embarrassing fact of political life: Trump was voted into office fair and square, or at least as fairly and squarely as our decrepit Electoral Collage sees to these matters.

There is, of course, "the base." Nativism, racism and a longing for authoritarian, hard-right governance account in generous measure for Trump's support. But is that the whole story? Didn't at least as much support, or more, arrive from other, more genteel quarters? Inasmuch as candidate Trump's squalid history has long been available for all to see and assess, whence the appeal? Perhaps we need a less flattering definition of American exceptionalism.

Mike Silverton

Belfast

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