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Trouble In The Air

More than one in six Americans, 58.4 million people, suffered through more than 100 days of elevated air pollution in 2020. Our report calls attention to the very real public health problems air pollution causes in both cities and rural areas across the country, such as asthma, heart issues, and premature death. It explains how global warming will make air pollution worse, and why tackling climate pollution has an impact on air quality.

Can I take a road trip in an electric vehicle?

By | Anya Fetcher
State Director

Many in Maine, like me, make their roadtripping dreams a reality by visiting our state’s most iconic parks and landscapes. They shouldn’t have to pollute the air when they do it by driving a gas-powered vehicle.

News Release | Environment Maine

Maine governor signs groundbreaking waste reduction bill into law

Gov. Janet Mills signed LD 1541, which holds producers responsible for their packaging waste, into law on Tuesday. The new law will establish a program called Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) for Packaging, which will require big corporations to shoulder a large percentage of the costs of recycling and waste disposal programs in the state.

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Recharge Where You Recharge: Environment Maine launches campaign for EV chargers on public lands

Environment Maine launched a new campaign Thursday calling for state and federal lawmakers to expand electric vehicle infrastructure on Maine’s state parks and public lands. With transportation emissions as the top polluting sector of our economy, the switch to electric vehicles (EVs) is critical for protecting public health and the environment from global warming pollution. Specifically, the Recharge Where You Recharge campaign is calling for the installation of at least two EV chargers in each of Maine’s state parks.

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Poll: Mainers represented by Rep. Golden rate climate provisions of infrastructure plan highly

AUGUSTA — A new poll released Thursday revealed support for President Joe Biden’s infrastructure proposal, particularly as it relates to climate change and clean energy, across the political spectrum in Maine’s 2nd Congressional District. The district, represented by Rep. Jared Golden, includes all of the northern part of the state, comprising nearly 80 percent of the state’s total land mass. The survey, sponsored by Environment Maine, Earthjustice and Environment America, provides district-specific data on how voters view the American Jobs Plan (AJP).

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Environment Maine supports legislation to reduce homeowner and municipal energy costs through increased efficiency and weatherization projects

On April 21, 2021, Environment Maine's State Director Anya Fetcher testified before the Maine Joint Standing Committee on Appropriations and Financial Affairs in support of LD 1094, a proposed bill to lower energy costs for Maine's seniors, low-income residents, schools, and towns through weatherization and energy efficiency efforts.

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Environment Maine supports legislation to establish appliance energy and water efficiency standards

On March 29, 2021, Environment Maine's State Director Anya Fetcher testified before the Maine Joint Standing Committee on Environment and Natural Resourcess in support of LD 940, a proposed bill to establish appliance energy and water efficiency standards in Maine.

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New report: New England has vast potential for offshore wind energy

New England has more than enough offshore wind potential to meet both its 2019 and projected 2050 electricity needs in a finding from a new report released Thursday by Environment America Research & Policy Center and Frontier Group.

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Environment Maine opposes legislation to repeal Maine's ban on single-use plastic bags

The data Mainers relied on in 2019 to ban one of the most harmful forms of single-use plastic have not changed: plastic continues to threaten our health and wildlife.

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