September 24, 2021

Letter to the Editor: Business should have to follow kindergarten rules

An Aug. 21 letter to the editor from a manufacturers’ industry spokesperson overlooked a crucial point in his critique of climate litigation: These cases aren’t about solving climate change; they’re about dollars and cents.

Adaptation and resiliency projects are necessary to protect our communities from the impacts of climate change – but they’re expensive. A recent study found that the state of Maine will need to spend $10.9 billion on coastal defenses alone over the next 20 years – and that’s only one of many projects our communities will need. For some perspective, in June of this year, the legislature approved our biennial state budget – a total of $8.7 billion.

Research has shown that oil and gas companies are responsible for most of the pollution that causes climate change. Many of these same companies knew decades ago that their products would cause…

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