PITTSFIELD, Maine -- Gov. Janet Mills signed three bills aimed at addressing global warming into law today (LD 1679, LD 1711 and LD 1494) at the Cianbro Corp.’s solar array. Together this legislation puts Maine on the path to lowering its greenhouse gas emissions to 80 percent below the 1990 levels and to shifting the state’s electricity to 100 percent renewable energy by 2050. In addition, a newly established Maine Climate Council will help mitigate climate change impacts with a variety of working groups making sure the voices of all Mainers are heard.
Environment Maine Director Carissa Maurin issued the following statement:
“By making this significant, measurable goals to cut carbon pollution, the Maine Legislature and Gov. Mills are telling the country and the world that Maine is serious about fighting global warming.”
“Our state has so much at stake, from the vital lobster industry to our beautiful shoreline and forests. The health of Mainers is also suffering from a surge of lyme disease and increased adult asthma rates, exacerbated by rising temperatures.”
“Shifting to 100 percent renewable energy and deeply slashing greenhouse gas emissions are essential parts to solving these problems. We all want healthier, safer communities, but it takes hard work. Thankfully, our leaders are listening, because without laws like the ones enacted today, there is no way to reach our goal of making Maine “the way life should be.”
Environment Maine is a citizen-based environmental advocacy organization committed to defending our environment through independent research, tough-minded advocacy and spirited grassroots action.