The four largest ski industry leaders, including Boyne Resorts, parent company of Sunday River and Sugarloaf USA, have signed a Climate Collaborative Charter, which states that they will operate their 71 resorts with sustainability at the forefront and use their collective voice to advocate for effective public policy on climate action in order to leave a positive legacy for future generations of skiers, snowboarders and outdoor enthusiasts.

Boyne Resorts has endorsed the Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act, HR 2307, which would quickly and at low cost reduce carbon dioxide emissions, thereby putting the country on the path to net zero emissions by 2050; save lives by reducing air pollution; put money in people’s pockets through its carbon dividend; and spur innovations in renewable energy that make them more affordable.

EICDA is the first essential step in lowering greenhouse gas emissions. Many groups have pointed out that the planet is not going to meet IPCC targets (1.5 degrees-2.0 degrees celsius global average temperature rise in 2100 since 1850) without a price on carbon. The carbon dividend will make 63% of Maine households (mostly low- and middle-income) better off — that is, the dividend they receive (disbursement of revenue monthly back to households on an equal basis) will be greater than the price increases they will face with a steadily increasing price on carbon.

Sens. Collins and King, and Rep. Golden must support EICDA.

Dodie Jones, Brunswick

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