News Release | Environment Maine

Trump administration’s replacement to Clean Power Plan sends U.S. in the wrong direction on climate change

The Trump administration announced today its rule to replace the Clean Power Plan, which was put into place in 2015. The Clean Power Plan was set to cut carbon pollution from the electric power sector by 32 percent by 2030 and, so far, we’ve been on track to meet those targets. While even steeper cuts are necessary to avert the worst impacts of climate change, this new replacement plan is expected to slow the transition of the power sector to clean, renewable energy.

News Release | Environment Maine

Maine is only one step away from 100% renewable energy

The Maine Legislature approved a bill last night that would put the state on a path to a clean energy future, with the Senate voting a unanimous 34-0. LD 1494 would increase Maine’s renewable portfolio standard from 40 percent by 2030 to 80 percent, and set a target of 100 percent renewable energy by 2050. If LD 1494 is signed into law, Maine would join Hawaii, California, New Mexico, and Washington with 100 percent renewable energy commitments on the books.

News Release | Environment Maine

Governor Mills climate bill heads to her desk

The Maine Senate has enacted LD 1679, a bipartisan climate bill crafted by Gov. Mills and sponsored by state Sen. David Woodsome (R-York). The bill creates the Maine Climate Council and updates Maine’s climate action plan to require greenhouse gas emissions be reduced 80 percent below 1990 levels by 2050. With Gov. Mills expected signature, it will soon become law.

News Release | Environment Maine

Maine puts wildlife over waste (again), bans plastic bags

At the end of April, Maine became the first state in the country to sign a statewide ban on polystyrene foam cups and containers into law. With Gov. Janet Mills signature today, Maine is tackling another common and hazardous forms of single-use plastic: disposable grocery bags. The Pine Tree state is now the third state in the country to ban plastic bags.

News Release | Environment Maine

Maine says no to offshore drilling

Gov. Janet Mills has signed a measure that bans offshore oil and gas drilling in state waters, which extend roughly three miles off Maine’s shore. This bill, LD 955, was sponsored by state Rep. Michael Devin, D-Newcastle. New York and New Hampshire have passed similar bills and Massachusetts is considering one.

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