Don’t be fooled by greenwashing! NRCM encourages you to vote NO on Question 2 and Question 4 on the November 3rd ballot. Your “No” vote is a vote that will help protect Maine’s environment. Question 2 pretends to be a measure aimed at promoting the purchase of hybrid and high fuel efficiency vehicles. Don’t be Read More
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.
For “Commute Another Way Week” I parked in Gardiner and ran six miles up the Kennebec Rail Trail to Augusta. The trek saved a small amount of gasoline and emissions, but fueled me for the day with great images of a vibrant river, and thoughts about the role NRCM has played in cleaning up this Read More
It has been well over a month and a half since I purchased my Milano scooter to save on gas as well as help reduce my carbon footprint on this beautiful earth we must all share! I find it very relaxing to cruise around town on my scooter. It is also much more entertaining when Read More
It has been 13 days and 139 miles since my scooter purchase. You didn’t just read the miles wrong. That is right… 139 miles for just under 2 weeks of riding around town! I have put a total of $5.80 in gas into this scooter. I have reduced the use of my SUV significantly. Usually Read More
With rising gas prices, most of us are wondering how this will fit into our budgets. I drive a few miles to and from work 5 days a week, I run errands on my lunch breaks and sometimes after work as well. My local commute to and from work is not as far as others. Read More
A judge in Vermont rejects the industry’s claim that stricter rules conflict with federal mileage standards. by Dave Gram, The Associated Press Portland Press Herald news story MONTPELIER, Vt. — Maine, Vermont and other states scored a victory Wednesday in their battle to get automakers to comply with rules aimed at reducing greenhouse gases. A Read More
by Dylan Voorhees, NRCM energy project director Congratulations to Maine Electric Vehicles and welcome to Maine. NRCM is a non-profit with over 10,000 supporters across the state, dedicated to protecting, restoring and conserving Maine’s environment—for today and future generations. Many of us have worked tirelessly to keep Maine’s environment and quality of life strong. As Read More
Car dealer blasts automakers at EPA hearing David Shepardson / Detroit News Washington Bureau ARLINGTON, Va. — An auto dealer blasted domestic car makers today at a federal government hearing on emission standards. The day-long meeting is underway to address California’s request for a waiver under the Clean Air Act so it can adopt stringent Read More
by the Associated Press Portland Press Herald news story AUGUSTA – A state program that encourages energy efficiencies such as better light fixtures saved Mainers the equivalent of the annual electricity needs of nearly 11,000 homes last year, the Public Utilities Commission said. The Efficiency Maine program reduced electricity use by more than 74 million Read More