King urges energy secretary nominee to invest in UMaine research, Maine Public reports 

Maine Public reported that at a hearing before the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, U.S. Sen. Angus King urged Energy Secretary nominee Dan Brouillette to continue to invest in innovative programs like those at the University of Maine, which are developing wood-based alternatives to plastics. “Reassure me that your commitment will be to a strong and vigorous and forward-looking research whether it be in the national labs or through the department,” King said. He added the Energy Department’s $20 million grant to UMaine and the Oak Ridge National Lab in Tennessee is an example of research that will lessen the dependence on plastics and other oil-based products.