Bangor Daily News editorial Last week, the Trump administration took steps to weaken vehicle fuel economy standards and moved to revoke California’s authority to set standards that are higher than federal requirements. Thirteen states, including Maine, follow the higher California standards. Both moves are unnecessary and, if fully implemented, would harm the health of many 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.
Maine is one of a dozen states that have adopted California’s tougher vehicle emissions standards, which could be eliminated under an EPA proposal announced Thursday. by Kevin Miller, Staff Writer Portland Press Herald news story Environmental and health groups in Maine decried a Trump administration plan announced Thursday to undermine states’ ability to set tougher Read More
Statement of Emmie Theberge, Federal Project Director, Natural Resources Council of Maine “Today, the Trump Administration announced its plan to roll back America’s clean car standards and attack Maine’s legal right to protect the health of our fellow citizens. This proposal would pollute Maine’s air, threaten Mainers’ health, and force Maine people to spend billions Read More
by Brady Dennis, Michael Laris and Juliet Eilperin Washington Post news story The Trump administration on Thursday announced plans to freeze fuel efficiency requirements for the nation’s cars and trucks through 2026 — a massive regulatory rollback likely to spur a legal battle with California and other states, as well as create potential upheaval in Read More
By Coral Davenport New York Times news story WASHINGTON — The Trump administration took a major step toward dramatically weakening an Obama-era rule designed to cut pollution from vehicle tailpipes, setting the stage for a legal clash with California that could potentially split the nation’s auto market in two. The Environmental Protection Agency on Thursday Read More
Bangor Daily News editorial The Trump administration is working on many fronts to roll back air pollution standards and other environmental regulations. As usual, the administration argues that rigorous regulations are harmful to business and that easing such standards will lead to job creation and a more prosperous economy. What the president and other officials Read More
The health of tens of thousands with respiratory illnesses is at risk as the EPA tries to roll back nationwide fuel-efficiency improvements in the years ahead. Portland Press Herald editorial For some Mainers, Wednesday’s balmy weather offered a sneak peek of the joys of summer. But for tens of thousands of others here – Read More
By Jacqueline Guyol and Tony Giambro Bangor Daily News op-ed Maine is at a crossroads when it comes to the future of our transportation systems, as electric vehicles are increasing in popularity and hitting our streets in record numbers. The question is, will our cities and towns be ready for this impending shift? Time is Read More
Bangor Daily News editorial On Monday, the Trump administration said it planned to rollback vehicle fuel-economy standards to boost the nation’s auto industry. This makes no sense. For one, the auto industry doesn’t need a jump start. Car sales in the U.S. have been near record highs for several years. And, if the president is Read More