Here's a sample of what Maine's extremist Republican governor is up to lately. Paul LePage won in a three-way fluke election when voters panicked, looking for something new in an independent candidate. Well, instead of something new, they got something old. Very old. A neanderthal. This economic "fear" vote put a global climate change denier in the state's top office. The man is not just a fool. He's a dangerous fool who's clueless about green technology and global trends in that direction, and instead wants to take the state backwards and dismantle the EPA.
To add insult to this ignorance, the EU just announced plans to create an E-Waste program that's similar to Maine's. Instead of leading the world on green innovations, LePage would like to take us back to a time when Maine's rivers flowed thick with dioxins, evolution was a dirty word, and a Neanderthal with two bucks in his loincloth could get a good Dodo bird casserole.
Posted: February 6
Portland Press Herald
Maine may dump e-waste statute
Gov. LePage proposes reviewing the law, which requires makers of electronic products to pay for recycling them.
By Beth Quimby firstname.lastname@example.org
AUBURN - Surrounded by towering piles of electronic equipment, a half-dozen workers at eWaste Recycling Solutions spend their days prying apart old TV sets and computer monitors.
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Rick Dumas, CEO of eWaste Recycling Solutions, LLC, in Auburn, points out all of the old TV sets, computer monitors and other electronic devices that await dismantling for recycling.
It takes about three minutes to separate glass, plastic, metals and cathode ray tubes, which may contain lead and other toxic substances. Later, the manufacturers of the products will receive a bill for the work, which, in the case of Sony Electronics Inc., is 36 cents a pound.
"Before, the cost was borne by municipalities, or the consumer paid a tipping fee at the recycling center," said Rick Dumas, chief executive officer of eWaste, which employs 15 to 25 workers a year.
Dumas and his employees are among the beneficiaries of Maine's seven-year-old electronic waste law, which was designed to prevent electronic equipment from filling up landfills and releasing toxic substances into the environment.
The law is also one of the environmental measures that may be subject to a repeal effort by Gov. Paul LePage, who is looking to slash environmental regulations that, in his view, get in the way of a friendly business climate, job creation and an improved economy. READ ENTIRE ARTICLE HERE.
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