Energy & Environment

Maine’s natural environment is our state’s most important resource. Our oceans and forests power our economy and support hundreds of thousands of jobs in our state thanks to Maine’s long, proud tradition of sustainable fishing, forestry, agriculture, and land conservation. We manage our resources responsibly so that they’re there for future generations. Jared is working to carry on that important legacy. 

Climate change is the greatest environmental challenge of our time. Jared believes it presents a unique and pressing threat to homes, jobs, and entire industries across our state, as well as our national security. He has pushed for our country to rejoin the Paris Climate Agreement and he voted to pass the Climate Action Now Act, which would direct the administration to begin the decisive, comprehensive actions necessary to address climate change. 

Maine’s potential to spur economic growth, create jobs in rural areas, and combat climate change through solar, wind, and biomass energy production is unparalleled in the Northeastern US. Jared is working to pave the way for these industries to flourish and support jobs here in Maine with legislation like the BTU Act, which would incentivize the use of biomass for affordable, energy- efficient heating in homes and businesses and help grow Maine’s forest products industry. Jared is working to help Maine take advantage of its potential for wind and solar energy through tax credits and other policies. 

Like most Mainers, Jared grew up with a love of the outdoors and our state’s mountains, woods, rivers, and coastline. He is committed to protecting Maine’s national parks and other public lands and ensuring that future generations of Mainers can continue to hunt, fish, hike, and enjoy our state’s natural beauty. Jared has voted to ban drilling for oil and gas off the coast of Maine and to reauthorize the Land and Water Conservation Fund, one of our country’s most important conservation programs.

More on Energy & Environment

February 9, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON — Congressman Jared Golden (ME-02) and a bipartisan group of 89 House lawmakers are writing to Acting Interior Secretary Scott de la Vega to urge him to immediately reverse a slew of Trump Administration policy changes designed to impede and overburden the nation’s leading public land conservation program. 

February 5, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON — Maine’s congressional delegation wrote to the United States Department of Agriculture this week to express their concerns with the agency’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) guidance for nonindustrial private forest land (NIPF). In December 2020, the agency proposed a threshold for acreage at which a landowner qualifies as NIPF in NRCS programs, which the lawmakers note could hold back conservation efforts in the state and hurt logging, forest products, and outdoor recreation industries critical to local economies in rural Maine. 

January 29, 2021 Press Release

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February 5, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON — Maine’s congressional delegation called on the National Atmospheric and Oceanic Administration (NOAA) this week to take steps to protect the endangered North Atlantic right whale from ship strikes and questioned the agency on why it has failed to address the threat ships pose to whales. 

December 5, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON — Congressman Jared Golden (ME-02) wrote to executives of Central Maine Power (CMP) and parent company Avangrid today to express his desire that the company consider entering into a Project Labor Agreement (PLA) with local unions for its New England Clean Energy Connect (NECEC) project. 

November 13, 2019 Press Release

BANGOR — Congressman Jared Golden (ME-02) travelled throughout Aroostook and Penobscot Counties last week and over the weekend meeting with his constituents and staying connected to communities across the Second District. 

October 4, 2019 Press Release

PORTLAND, MAINE—U.S. Senators Susan Collins (R-Maine) and Angus King (I-Maine) and Representatives Chellie Pingree (ME-01) and Jared Golden (ME-02) today announced the award of $1.6 million from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) Sea Grant program to the University of Maine. The grant will fund a research project on Highly Migratory Species in the Northwest Atlantic Ocean and Gulf of Mexico, which will help to collect data on age, growth, and migratory behavior of tuna and shark species.            

September 11, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON — Working to protect Maine’s iconic coastline and fisheries, Congressman Jared Golden (ME-02) voted to put a permanent moratorium on leasing for oil and gas production in the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans. The legislation, the Coastal and Marine Economies Protection Act, passed the House today with bipartisan support.