News Release | Environment Maine

Statement on Gov. Janet Mills’ Maine Climate Council Bill

Maine is setting a great example for the rest of the country, with Republicans and Democrats working together to thwart climate change, a threat that doesn’t discriminate against any political affiliation. Today, the Maine state legislature heard Gov. Janet Mills’ climate action bill, L.D. 1679, sponsored by state Sen. David Woodsome (R-York). If adopted, this bipartisan bill sets targets to reduce greenhouse gas emissions 80 percent below 1990 levels by 2050 and 45 percent by 2030. It also sets goal of requiring that 80 percent of the electricity sold in Maine come from renewable energy by 2030, with a longer term target of 100 percent by 2050.

Govenor Janet Mills' and Senator David Woodsome's bill LD 1679 ‘An Act To Promote Clean Energy Jobs and To Establish the Maine Climate Council’ would establish the Maine Climate Change Council to assist Maine to mitigate, prepare for and adapt to climate change, provides that by January 1, 2030 80 percent of electricity consumed in the State must come from renewable resources and by January 1, 2050 100 percent of electricity consumed in the State must come from renewable resources, and updated the greenhouse gas emissions reductions required in statute to 80 percent below 1990 levels by 2050 and 45 percent by 2030.

News Release | Environment Maine

Environment Maine’s Statement on Governor Mills’ bipartisan Maine Climate Council Bill

Today Governor Janet T Mills announced a climate action bill, L.R. 2478, “An Act to Create the Maine Climate Council to Assist Maine to Mitigate, Prepare for and Adapt to Climate Change,” sponsored by Senator David Woodsome (R-York). This bill aims to reduce greenhouse gas emissions 80% below 1990 levels by 2050 and 45% by 2030. It also aims to power Maine’s electricity sector with 100% renewable energy by 2050 and by 80% by 2030. The Maine Climate Council will include working groups to that will focus on the broad impacts of climate change, including a scientific and technical working group,a transportation working group, and a coastal and marine working group. The Climate Council will report progress to the public and update the Maine State Climate Plan every four years.

LD 797 requies that by January 1, 2050 the State must reduce net annual greenhouse gas emissions to at least 80% below the 1990 net annual greenhouse gas emissions level. It directs the Department of Environmental Protection to establish interim net annual emissions levels and to monitor and report on gross and net annual greenhouse gas emissions. It also directs the department to update the State's climate action plan and evaluate the State's progress toward meeting the reduction levels.

News Release | Environment Maine

Statement on Maine joining U.S. Climate Alliance

Maine Gov. Janet Mills announced today that her state will join the bipartisan governors’ coalition, the U.S. Climate Alliance. Now more than half of Americans are represented by states committed to cut carbon pollution and meet the U.S. targets in the international Paris Agreement.

News Release | Environment Maine Research & Policy Center

Climate solutions from Day One

Today, Environment Maine Research & Policy Center released a new report, Climate Solutions from Day One: 12 Ways Governors Can Lead on Climate Now, detailing actions governors across the country can take immediately to significantly reduce planet-warming carbon pollution and ensure a more stable climate for their states and the nation. 

News Release | Environment Maine Research & Policy Center

From Pollution to Solutions

While the United States is reeling from worsening wildfires and extreme weather, the success of the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) is helping counter the climate change-denying policies emanating from inside the Beltway. Today, RGGI, Inc. Chairman Ben Grumbles, Maryland’s Secretary of the Environment, headlined a webinar promoting the release of a new report, From Pollution to Solutions: Maximizing Clean Energy Progress from State Carbon-Pricing Investments, from Environment Maine Policy and Research Center. The webinar panelists discussed case studies of how to successfully invest RGGI revenues.

Report | Environment Maine Research & Policy Center

From Pollution to Solutions

The Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI), created more than a decade ago by Northeastern and Mid-Atlantic states, has been a clear success. The program has contributed to the 60 percent reduction in carbon pollution from power plants in those states since 2005, while fueling the transition to a clean energy future.

The Regional
Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI), created more than a decade ago by
Northeastern and Mid-Atlantic states, has been a clear success. The program has
contributed to the 60 percent reduction in carbon pollution from power plants
in those states since 2005, while fueling the transition to a clean energy
future.

 

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Environment Maine laments feds’ decision to repeal Clean Car Standards

Today, the Trump administration announced new vehicle emission guidelines which roll back the existing Clean Car Standards. This regressive move will get rid of our nation’s best climate change mitigation program, which is cutting future carbon emissions more effectively than any other current federal policy.

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EPA heads in the wrong direction on clean car standards

This week, Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt is expected to announce a move to significantly weaken America’s clean car standards. Jacqueline Guyol, Environment Maine Campaign Organizer, issued the following statement in response:

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