On August 17, I hosted a community discussion at the Auburn Public Library with a representative of Repower Maine, a nonprofit, grassroots group focused on passing comprehensive clean energy and climate protection legislation. Our discussion was over the American Clean Energy & Security Act the U.S. House passed at the end of June and what we need to do on the local level to ensure Sens. Olympia Snowe and Susan Collins support similar legislation this fall.

I am writing today because I want my elected representatives and community members to know we need to take action on this issue if we want the Auburn/Lewiston area to once again thrive economically and environmentally. The polluted pile of rubble where the Cowan Mill stood just months ago is a glaring reminder of the fact that not only do we no longer manufacture anything in America, but we are literally watching the last remnants collapse.

We can reverse this trend by supporting a clean energy economy that will reduce our carbon emissions and make Maine the way life should be again, healthy and thriving. I urge my neighbors and all concerned citizens to do their part and make their voices heard on this critical issue.

Linda Pomerantz, Auburn

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