During the 2015 legislative session, environmental concerns were especially politically charged, and it’s getting more and more difficult for me to understand why that should be. In talking with Melissa Mann of the Maine Conservation Alliance, we both agreed that it is important to recognize the individuals in the Legislature who stood up for the environment.

According to Maine Conservation Voters legislative scorecard, my legislator, Rep. Henry Beck, D-Waterville, voted five out of five times in favor of the environment on key votes in 2015.

Beck voted to release the Land for Maine’s Future bonds and to restore full funding to Efficiency Maine. He also voted against weak mining rules that did not adequately protect Maine’s water.

I want to thank Beck for his leadership on conserving Maine’s environment. We should remember that the environment is not some separate “thing” that surrounds us; it is us. Permanent harm to the environment is permanent injury to ourselves, and more importantly, to the children and grandchildren who follow us.

Abbott Meader


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