Gubernatorial candidates spar over climate change
PORTLAND (WGME) – The four candidates for governor met in Portland Wednesday night to debate a variety of topics, and one of them caused some sparks to fly.
Inside of the old armory at UNE, the four candidates debated topics covering education funding to sexual assault policy, and for a race that has been pretty mild, Wednesday night we saw one topic spark a conversation.
One topic that caused some heat between the candidates was global warming.
For the most part, every candidate says that they agree global warming is an issue, but things boiled over when Democrat Janet Mills said that the Blaine House shouldn’t have a person who denies global warming living there, and named Republican Shawn Moody as a non-believer.
"I know that Mr. Moody has made the statement that we shouldn't overreact to climate change, and during the primary, he said he didn't believe in climate change," Mills said.
Something Moody denies.
"For anyone in this day and age to say that anyone is in denial about climate change is just such a ridiculous statement. Doesn't even bare a response," Moody said.
Independent Terry Hayes says she focused on bringing more renewable energy companies to Maine.
"If people are building things and putting things together and manufacturing them in Massachusetts or New York, and our power is cheaper, how do we get them here?" Hayes said.
Independent Alan Caron says Maine should only rely on energy sources produced in Maine.
"It will save us $5 billion that we're now sending to oil and gas companies, and we can reinvest that here, and secondly, it's the greatest thing we can do for climate change in this state," Caron said.
Wednesday night, one heckler was also thrown out of the debate for shouting at Moody multiple times that he wasn’t answering the questions properly.
Moody responded saying that Mills was the candidate dodging the most questions.
An ugly moment to what was otherwise a night of mostly agreements between the candidates.