Governor Paul LePage said the state could benefit from climate change through the opening of a new maritime shipping route, the Northeast Passage. The Republican governor’s remarks at a transportation conference Thursday echoed those made in Maine this summer by the president of Iceland, who spoke of the new business opportunities available for the two counties due to the opening of the shipping lanes. Melting of the Arctic Ocean ice cap has opened the previously frozen passage that connects the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans. Independent gubernatorial candidate Eliot Cutler has also talked about economic opportunities created by the sea lane. But Democrat Mike Michaud pointed to the negative impacts of climate change, such as the shutdown of the Maine shrimp season blamed on warming ocean temperatures.

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