Your Viewpoint: Help make smart climate policy a priority

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Starting the new year in high fashion, my wife, our two kids, and I transplanted to the Brunswick/Freeport area by way of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. I was immediately impressed to learn of the strides being made by local citizens and leadership to decarbonize Maine.

According to a panel of experts ranging from Efficiency Maine to passivhausMaine featured on public radio’s “Maine Calling,” this state is uniquely motivated to transition to clean energy. Ranked the top state in household use of expensive and polluting heating oil, Maine is also the top adopter in heat pump technology, a crucial tool in decarbonizing our homes and workspaces.

I was also heartened to hear via live webinar of the policies the Maine Climate Council recommends to reach the state’s goal of net-zero carbon emissions by 2045. Having participated in Michigan’s climate council workgroups, it’s encouraging to know that Mainers, too, can count on passionate, hard-working people to steer our state back into balance with nature.

Finally, there’s quite an active chapter of Citizens’ Climate Lobby in this community, where volunteers work to urge our members of Congress to include climate provisions in Build Back Better. As a longtime volunteer and intern for CCL, I couldn’t be more excited to help advocate for smart climate policy. If you’re ready to take the first step, then take two minutes now to write Congress and the Whitehouse.

John O’Bryan
Brunswick