Thank you for pointing out in your Dec. 7 editorial the importance of the Clean Power Plan and other environmental regulations for the health of the people and the environment in Maine (”Our Opinion: Don’t let Trump back out of pollution curbs”).

Reducing mercury pollution from power plants improves our fisheries and our food, and reducing other airborne pollution (mostly from coal-burning plants in the Midwest) helps reduce the high rates of asthma in Maine.

Addressing pollution in practical, proactive ways improves health and reduces costs in the long run. Similarly, by investing all of its Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative revenue in energy efficiency, Maine has experienced the economic benefits of reducing carbon emissions, another win-win for the economy, the environment and the health of our people.

Caroline Karnes


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