By Theo Stein Portland Press Herald op-ed There’s been Sturm und Drang aplenty over the Land Use Regulation Commission’s decision not to approve a 90-megawatt wind- power project proposed for a roadless mountain tract near Sugarloaf Mountain. That’s to be expected and, one could argue, even healthy. After all, these are grand issues at stake. 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.
by Alan Crowell, staff writer Kennebec Journal news story FARMINGTON — In a decision that could have wide ramifications for the future of wind power in Maine, the Land Use Regulation Commission on Wednesday rejected a plan to place 30 turbines on two western mountains. The application by Maine Mountain Power to rezone about 1,000 Read More
By John Richardson, Staff Writer Portland Press Herald news story As a small, rural state tucked in the far corner of the country, Maine doesn’t seem like much of a match for the federal government. But the state has taken the Bush administration to court six times in the past four years to demand tougher Read More
Bangor Daily News editorial The Bush administration has for years ducked the issue of climate change and how human activities are contributing to the planet’s warming. So, it is no surprise that when the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service recently proposed, after a court-ordered review, to list polar bears as a threatened species, the agency Read More
Portland Press Herald editorial One of the Democrats’s top agenda items, now that Congress is back in session, is to create a fund to promote renewable energy and conservation by diverting money that was going to oil companies. That’s just one of many welcome changes in national energy policy that the new majority has pledged Read More
Portland Press Herald editorial With a belated nod to reality, the Environmental Protection Agency is revamping the way it calculates auto fuel economy to better reflect vehicle performance with lead-footed, comfort-loving American drivers behind the wheel. The new ratings, which will debut on 2008 vehicles, will drop a given model’s estimated city mileage by 12 Read More
By Kevin Miller Bangor Daily News news story Maine residents are deeply concerned to downright pessimistic about the state of the environment and overwhelmingly believe that humans are driving temperatures higher around the globe, according to results of a survey released Wednesday. Sixty-one percent of Mainers rated today’s natural environment as being in “much worse” Read More
AUGUSTA—New England Governors and Legislatures can reduce the region’s costly oil dependence by taking action to reduce the region’s largest source of global warming pollution: Transportation. This is the conclusion of a report,
Portland Press Herald news story New federal data shows Maine industries released an increased amount of toxic chemicals into the environment in 2004, while emissions declined in the rest of New England. The U.S. Environmental Protection on Wednesday released the results of its Toxic Release Inventory for 2004. This information is released each year to Read More