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Bartlett Endorsed by Leading Environmental Groups

August 17, 2008

Incumbent Senator Phil Bartlett has received the endorsement of two leading environmental organizations in his bid for reelection. Bartlett represents Gorham, Scarborough and Westbrook in the Maine Senate.

The Maine League of Conservation Voters, a non-partisan organization that identifies environmental priorities and evaluates legislators in its annual Environmental Scorecard, endorsed Bartlett for reelection . In making the endorsement, Executive Director Maureen Drouin cited Bartlett ’s “consistent voting record and leadership to protect Maine ’s environment” and “strong and consistent voting record on conservation issues.”

In its 2007 Environmental Scorecard, the Maine League of Conservation Voters reported that “Passage of the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative Act of 2007 wouldn’t have happened without the leadership of Senate Utilities and Energy Committee Chair Senator Phil Bartlett. Bartlett participated in long negotiations that led to the consensus agreement on the bill.”

Similarly, the Maine chapter of the Sierra Club’s political committee endorsed Bartlett for reelection. In announcing the endorsement, the Sierra Club’s energy committee chair, Joan Saxe, remarked that that the group “overwhelmingly agreed” to endorse Bartlett based on his “continued commitment to the environment during the last session.”

Bartlett chairs the Legislature’s Utilities and Energy Committee and serves on the Natural Resources Committee. He has led efforts to promote renewable energy, increase energy efficiency and remove toxins from the environment.