BIDDEFORD, Maine (NEWS CENTER) — Sen. Angus King said he and other members of Congress will do whatever they can to keep President-elect Trump from doing away with climate change policies enacted during the Obama administration.
Sen. King was the keynote speaker at a conference on climate change solutions Friday at the University of New England.
Trump has said he would "cancel" the U.S. involvement in the landmark Paris Agreement on global warming. Analysts say Trump's administration could also substantially slow or weaken enforcement rules under the Clean Power Plan so that they would have little impact on reducing emissions in the U.S.
King said if Trump is willing to look at the science behind climate change, there could be a shift in his position.
"I am hopeful he is going to listen, and if he does, he will expose himself to some of the science," King said. "He says this is something we are going to have to deal with."
King said any move to back out of these key climate change policies would be extremely unpopular. An exit poll conducted by The Associated Press found that just over half of Trump voters in Maine agreed that climate change is a serious problem.