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Poll: Majority of Mainers Support EPA's Clean Power Plan

PORTLAND, Maine - A new poll indicates that a majority of Mainers support a plan by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to crack down on carbon emissions.
"Nearly three quarters of all Mainers polled favor EPA's historic Clean Power Plan, which would set the first carbon pollution standards for power plants in our nation's history," says Glen Brand, of Maine's chapter of Sierra Club.

Brand says the group commissioned the poll in states with "swing senators," such as Maine's Republican Sen. Susan Collins.

Brand says a strong message sent by the poll is that 72 percent of respondents say they trust the scientists at EPA more than they trust their legislators to make such environmental decisions.

The poll comes as senators prepare to vote on resolutions contained in the the Congressional Review Act, which could kill the EPA plan.