December 29, 2019
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the Office of U.S. Senator Angus King (I-Maine) released the December edition of Senator King’s monthly Inside Maine podcast. This month’s show highlights the impact of climate change on Maine, as well as emerging bipartisan solutions to address this existential crisis. In the first segment, Senator King is joined by Senators Mitt Romney (R-Utah), and Chris Coons (D-Del.), to discuss bipartisan steps Congress can take to mitigate and adapt to the effects of climate change. Each of the Senators is a member of the bipartisan Climate Solutions Caucus. In the second segment, Darron Collins, President of the College of the Atlantic (COA), joins Senator King to share his thoughts on the specific challenges facing Maine and the work COA is pursuing to reduce their impact on our planet.
“Climate change is the most serious global crisis in my lifetime, and it’s crucial that we act quickly to mitigate the toll that it’s already taking on our environment; I want my grandchildren to know that I took the necessary action for them and their future families,” said Senator King. “The facts are clear, and paint a grave picture for future generations, with the Gulf of Maine warming 99% faster than the world’s oceans. With bipartisan initiatives put forth by myself and my colleagues in the Senate – and the expertise of institutions like the College of the Atlantic in Bar Harbor – we can and should take steps towards lasting change.”
A forceful advocate for clean energy solutions wherever they can be found, Senator King is the lead sponsor on a range of bills that encourage energy efficiency and research on clean energy technologies, such as the Joint Long-Term Storage Act, which seeks to speed up deployment of long-duration energy storage technologies through strategic collaboration between federal agencies. He is a cosponsor of the Renewable Electricity Standard Act of 2019 which would put the U.S. on a trajectory to decarbonize the power sector by 2050. In July, Senator King took to the Senate floor to urge bold and meaningful action to mitigate the threat of climate change. He also continues to speak out to encourage the administration to rejoin the Paris Climate Accord and reaffirm U.S. leadership in the fight against global climate change.
The “Inside Maine Podcast with Senator Angus King” is a 30-minute program that aims to help keep Maine people informed about issues of the day, how they affect life in the state, and how they factor into Senator King’s work as one of two independents in the U.S. Senate. Senator King’s podcast builds on his existing radio show that airs on Newsradio WGAN in Portland, Maine between 10 and 11 a.m. on almost every last Saturday of the month. The link to the December podcast can be found HERE.