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Tom Porter

A report released today by the advocacy group Environment Maine concludes that it is possible to tackle global warming and at the same time achieve robust economic growth. The study finds that the Northeast region as a whole cut emissions 20 percent faster than the rest of the nation between 2000 and 2009. At the same time the region's GDP per capita grew 87 percent faster.

According to the report, that trend was reflected in Maine, where during the same period, per capita emissions were reduced by 21 percent while the GDP grew 6 percent. Democratic state Sen. Phil Bartlett, of Gorham, welcomes the study's findings. He sits on the Legislature's joint standing Committee on Energy, Utilities and Technology.