Maine Gov. Paul LePage is not wasting any time making his mark on the Pine Tree State. He wants to not only rezone 10 million acres in northern Maine for development but also to do away with more than 30 environmental laws.
LePage wants to do away with a new law that creates a system requiring manufacturers to start recycling or take-back programs for their products. LePage would prefer if companies didn't have "to pay to recycle their consumer products." He wants to loosen rules for building on sand dunes, rewrite state environmental laws to conform with looser federal standards, and hobble the state Department of Environmental Protection with new rules and oversight.
Greenies around the state are not happy. Lisa Pohlmann of the Natural Resources Council of Maine told the Portland Press Herald
, "this is an ideological push rather than a reasoned, science-based approach."
I live in Maine and am pretty bummed that this guy is our governor. He managed to win the top spot with just 38 percent of the vote by splitting a field made up of himself, a weak Democratic choice, Libby Mitchell, and the surprisingly strong independent Elliot Cutler.
One positive thing that could come out of LePage's term is if the state (and nation at large) woke up to the realities of Tea Party rule. This is
what Tea Party rule looks like
And at the very least, the rest of his time in office will be entertaining, in much the same way that it's entertaining to watch people get hit in the crotch on YouTube — except it's my state getting kicked.