Talk is cheap

Dear Editor:

This is an open letter to Sens. Collins and King.

Thank you both for letting me know your concerns with the climate crisis, especially as it pertains to Maine. You both seem to support curbing emissions and exploring alternative fuels … great! The problem is that while you express concerns you are both heavily invested in the fossil fuel and related industries. A list of your combined investments shows you own stock in: Berkshire Hathaway, ConocoPhillips, Enbridge, Exxon Mobil, NextEra Energy, Phillips 66 and Schlumberger. Your combined investments are nearly $250,000. Google “Facing Climate Crisis, Senators Have Millions Invested in Fossil Fuel Companies.”

The only redeeming value to your stocks might be NextEra Energy, which has investments in wind and solar, but also large holdings in nuclear power plants and fracked natural gas facilities. This is not how we will deal with the climate crisis.

I ask that you divest from the fossil fuel industry and perhaps invest that money in those Maine industries that are being affected by the climate crisis. I encourage everyone reading this letter to urge you to do the same. After all, actions speak louder than words.

Phil Neal


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