In southern Maine, the increase in winter temperatures has produced a surge in deer ticks and Lyme disease. In the northern part of the state, moose are covered with thousands of winter ticks that bleed them to death. More carbon dioxide in the atmosphere produces increased acidification of our coastal waters, dissolving baby clams and producing shell disease in lobsters. This is not “The Way Life Should Be,” and it’s going to get a lot worse if we don’t take appropriate actions now.
Fortunately, we have a state representative who is addressing the compelling issue of climate change: Democratic Rep. Sara Gideon. As a member of the Joint Standing Committee on Energy, Utilities and Technology, Sara has been a forceful proponent of energy efficiency, clean energy production and regional efforts that reduce carbon emissions. I urge her re-election in House District 48 on behalf of ourselves, our children and our grandchildren.