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LePage: Global Warming has Upside for Maine
12/05/2013 01:43 PM ET  

LePage made the remarks at a gathering in Augusta of state and industry transportation officials.

Gov. Paul LePage says global warming has an upside for Maine: Melting ice has opened up the Northeast Passage as a new trade route.

LePage made the remarks at a gathering in Augusta of state and industry transportation officials.

"Everybody lists the negative part of global warming, but with the ice melting, the northern pass has opened up," LePage said. "The new sea traffic is going across the north. So rather than Maine being at the end of the pipeline, we're at the beginning of the new pipeline."

As an example, the governor points to the decision by Icelandic shipping company Eimskip to make Portland its primary U.S. port of call.

Responding to the governor's comments, Democratic Congressman Mike Michaud released a statement saying, "Climate change is real, its effects are dangerous and threaten our economy."

Michaud, who is a candidate for LePage's job, is pledging to address global warming by reducing Maine's dependence on home heating oil by 50 percent by 2030, and investing in energy efficiency programs.

This story was reported by Mal Leary and written by Ed Morin.


 

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