By Sean Mahoney, Special to the BDN Bangor Daily News op-ed As climate change continues to worsen, the price tag from natural disasters and other associated impacts keeps rising. This is a scientific and economic certainty, as recently highlighted by the GAO report issued at the request of Sen. Susan Collins. Unfortunately, the United States’… Continue Reading
Many people are surprised to learn that cars and trucks are the single largest source of global warming pollution in Maine, at roughly 55 percent. This pollution that exacerbates climate change isn’t just threatening our natural resource-based economy here in Maine, it is also impacting our air quality and the health of Maine families and children. By driving electric vehicles, Mainers are reducing air pollution that harms our environment, our health, and our natural resources-based economy.
Fortunately, high-efficiency, gasoline-battery hybrid cars like the Prius are now common place and many models of “plug-in” cars, also known as electric vehicles (EVs), are now practical and available in Maine. Especially when powered by clean, renewable power sources, electric vehicles are a very low-emission alternative to our biggest source of pollution. Our electricity mix here in Maine is one of the cleanest in the country, and that makes plug-in electric cars far more environmentally friendly than even the most efficient hybrid car.
The retailer in Freeport will soon open Maine’s largest plug-in station to show leadership and promote sustainable practices, and other businesses may take notice. By Tux Turkel, Staff Writer Portland Press Herald news story FREEPORT — L.L. Bean is completing construction at its flagship retail store on what will be Maine’s largest charging station for… Continue Reading
As more people drive electric vehicles, a charging station at work can attract or retain employees. By Tux Turkel, Staff Writer Portland Press Herald news story BRUNSWICK — As global car makers ramp up production of vehicles that run on electricity, some employers are considering installing charging stations as a way to attract and retain… Continue Reading
By Mary Pols, Staff Writer Press Herald news story These retirees are are loving their new electric Chevy Bolt. First of all, the Chevy Bolt is not technically Allen Armstrong’s car. It’s his wife Elissa’s, but she lets him drive it, all over their hometown of Portland and beyond. She also gave the go-ahead to… Continue Reading
by Mal Leary Maine Public news story Maine Attorney General Janet Mills told a national conference call that if the Environmental Protection Agency rolls back standards on greenhouse gas emissions from cars, several states, including Maine, are ready to sue. The current rules were adopted in January, and Mills said they strike the right balance… Continue Reading
Lowering the standards harms air quality, destabilizes the climate and is bad for Mainers. By Marina Schauffler Portland Press Herald op-ed As ineffectual as this president appears, his Cabinet members are stealthily orchestrating destructive changes. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt is intent on subverting that agency’s mission. At the behest of automakers, he is… Continue Reading
MDOT is seeking public input on its website and plans to hold at least 2 public meetings. by Peter McGuire, Staff Writer Portland Press Herald news story The state is taking public comment on its plan to spend $21 million to reduce harmful vehicle emissions as part of a federal legal settlement with Volkswagen over… Continue Reading
Thank you for a great Electric Vehicle Expo and Ride and Drive at Oxford Hills Comprehensive High School in South Paris. Electric vehicles are on Maine streets in growing numbers! Wouldn’t you like to get behind the wheel? Thanks to everyone who came to test drive different electric cars, chat with current electric vehicle owners about their experiences,… Continue Reading
Thank you to everyone who joined us for an EV Ride and Drive on Sunday, September 17, at the South Portland Community Center. Electric vehicles are on Maine streets in growing numbers! Wouldn’t you like to get behind the wheel? NRCM was excited to participate in Maine’s annual EV Ride and Drive where guests could ride in and… Continue Reading