LCV recently launched a television ad praising Senator Susan Collins (ME) for cutting through the gridlock in Washington to support a bipartisan energy efficiency bill, the Energy Savings and Industrial Competiveness Act. Senator Collins co-sponsored this commonsense energy efficiency legislation because it will help American families and businesses across the country save billions of dollars on their energy bills, and create an estimated 136,000 new jobs by 2025, according to the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE).
The senator is also committed to promoting the development of offshore wind energy. She co-sponsored the Incentivizing Offshore Wind Power Act, which provides companies with the incentives they need to invest in offshore wind energy while creating American jobs and helping our nation become energy independent. In addition, she’s championed funding for a local deepwater offshore wind development project off Maine’s coast that the University of Maine estimated could “create 7,000—15,000 local jobs needed to design, build, construct, operate and maintain” offshore wind infrastructure.
When clean air champion Gina McCarthy’s nomination came up on the Senate floor, Susan Collins stood up for our environment and public health by voting for McCarthy to become the next Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator. Senator Collins recognized that the EPA needed a proven problem solver like Gina McCarthy to protect the air we breathe and the water we drink.
Senator Collins’ support for these environmental priorities and her efforts to break through the partisan gridlock to produce real results for her constituents is helping her to garner widespread support from Maine voters. According to a recent LCV poll, 76 percent of voters said they are more likely to support her because of her leadership on the commonsense energy efficiency bill. Overall, the senator is viewed favorably by more than three-quarters of Republicans, Independents, and Democrats across her state.
Senator Collins earned a 71 percent score on LCV’s 2012 National Environmental Scorecard, and she has the highest lifetime score of any Republican in the Senate. This scorecard is a nationally accepted yardstick used to rate Members of Congress on environmental and clean energy issues. For more information, visit http://scorecard.lcv.org/.
Make sure to thank Senator Collins for being an environmental leader in Congress and cutting through the partisan gridlock to help families in Maine and across the country.