Tom Allen on Environment

2008 Senate challenger; Democratic Representative (ME-1)

Opposed budgets that have slashed environmental funding

Tom co-introduced the Safe Climate Act, the most aggressive effort yet to stop climate change and control carbon dioxide emissions. It would reduce carbon from all major emitters, including power plants, automobiles and large factories. Tom has opposed budgets that have slashed funding for key environmental programs. In the House Budget Committee, Tom has helped draft a new budget this year that supports our environment, preserves open space, & protects public health by ensuring clean air & clean water Tom understands the need for conservation and public access to hunting and fishing grounds. He has fought tirelessly for programs such as Forest Legacy and the Land and Water Conservation Fund that can be used to protect Maine’s special places. Tom has helped preserve land in Parsonsfield, Sebago, Yarmouth, and Brunswick, along the West Branch of the Penobscot River and in the Katahdin Lakes Region as well as at Rachel Carson National Wildlife Refuge in York County.
Source: Campaign website, www.tomallen.org Aug 12, 2008

Voted YES on environmental education grants for outdoor experiences.

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Proponent's argument to vote Yes:Rep. JOHN SARBANES (D, MD-3): This bill creates a new National Capacity Environmental Education grant program for which education associations apply competitively for grants that would fund model programs that get children into nature and really have them experiencing the environment.

Rep. BUCK McKEON (R, CA-25): This bill incorporates scientifically-based and technology-driven teaching methods into environmental education. Unfortunately, the new National Capacity Environmental Education Program is duplicative of the existing environmental education program already being run by the EPA. Still, I do not intend to oppose its passage.

Opponent's argument to vote No:Rep. MICHELE BACHMANN (R, MN-6): H.R. 3036 continues our Nation down the ill-fated road of shifting control of school curricula away from the parents and teachers and local school boards who best know what their children need into the hands of Federal Government and its one-size-fits-all approach. To best serve our children's educational needs, local school boards need flexibility to target resources where they are needed most. The needs of individual school districts are not homogenous and are most certainly not best understood by bureaucrats in Washington. This bill represents a step in the wrong direction. Forcing local school districts to direct scarce resources away from core curricula to serve a political agenda will only further suppress the academic performance of America's next generation.

Reference: No Child Left Inside Act; Bill H.R.3036 ; vote number 2008-H614 on Sep 18, 2008

Voted YES on $9.7B for Amtrak improvements and operation thru 2013.

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