During his two terms as Governor of Maine from 1995 until 2003, Angus King championed renewable energy and conservation initiatives. As Governor, King also put more of Maine’s land into conservation than all other land conserved in the state’s history combined. He also helped create the strongest mercury and dioxin limits in the nation, improving Maine’s air and water quality.
After his term as Governor, King served as a principal with Independence Wind LLC and has worked with a variety of other renewable energy companies. King recognizes the danger of U.S. dependence on fossil fuels, and he is a leading advocate for a national energy policy that includes wind energy. King supports innovative programs like the Department of Energy’s loan programs for renewable energy technologies. King is committed to working across party lines in the U.S. Senate to build a clean energy future.
King has a long history of conservation dating back to the 1970s when he helped craft Maine’s bottle return bill to encourage recycling. In 1987, he helped develop the Land for Maine’s Future program, which helped to secure public access for recreation, conserve important habitats, preserve Maine’s farming traditions and protect the natural infrastructure vital to a sense of place and a strong economic future.
King defeated Republican Charlie Summers and Democrat Cynthia Dill to fill the seat held by retiring Senator Olympia Snowe, who received a lifetime score of 65% on LCV’s National Environmental Scorecard through 2011.
In his own words:
"I am committed to protecting the integrity of Maine’s environment and that of the Nation – and to providing access to it… Protecting our environment is not only the right thing to do, it’s also smart business. I support strong enforcement of the Clean Air Act and the Clean Water Act, two laws crafted by Maine Senator Ed Muskie, and I also support carbon-reduction initiatives and increased vehicle fuel efficiency standards."
Source: Angus King Campaign Website