Result

Governor scales back development plan.

Gov. LePage and his allies pushed an ambitious plan to weaken protections for the North Woods. But Mainers fought back. Thanks to the overwhelming public response, the governor’s been forced to scale back his agenda—for now.

Result

New goals won to reduce Maine's oil dependence.

Working together, we can get off oil by improving energy efficiency and transitioning to clean, homegrown energy sources like the wind and sun. We’ve helped pass legislation that will set goals to reduce Maine’s oil dependence, and require state leaders to create a plan to help us achieve them. 

Result

President Obama pledges support for Acadia.

After Environment Maine’s staff spoke to more than 1 in 10 Mainers about the need to protect Acadia from development, President Obama pledged his support for the Land and Water Conservation Fund — the program that would provide Acadia with the resources it needs to preserve all the land within its boundaries.

Result

Attacks on public health defeated—for now.

The coal lobby and their allies are trying to block the EPA from protecting public health, but we’ve held the line against some of their worst attacks: In March 2011, the U.S. Senate rejected a bill that would have blocked standards for soot, mercury and carbon pollution. In April of that year, the Senate defeated four more bills that would have blocked the EPA from cutting air pollution.

Result

A legacy of protecting salmon.

Environment Maine has a decade-long record of efforts to protect the Atlantic salmon. Most recently, we successfully challenged an EPA regulation that would have allowed the spraying of pesticides into salmon-bearing streams and rivers.

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