A proposed policy would no longer count a regulation’s benefits, just its costs to polluters, in deciding the severity level of environmental protections. Los Angeles Times editorial Reprinted in Portland Press Herald President Trump’s Environmental Protection Agency recently released a proposal that would undermine not only current regulations, but regulatory efforts in the future by disavowing Read More
Global Warming & Air Pollution
Global warming pollution and climate change harm Maine people, wildlife, and our environment. Global warming, also known as climate change, is caused by a blanket of pollution that traps heat around the earth. This pollution comes from cars, factories, homes, and power plants that burn fossil fuels such as oil, coal, natural gas, and gasoline.
Global warming pollution knows no boundaries. It enters the atmosphere, spreads across the globe, and traps heat around the earth for 50-200 years after it is emitted. That is why we need to reduce global warming pollution now, because our children, and their children, will still feel the effects of global warming for years to come. Currently, the levels of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere are at their highest levels in hundreds of thousands of years.
Learn how you can reduce global warming pollution and advocate for a cleaner, healthier Maine.
We can’t trust the utility’s publicists to represent correctly their own carbon emissions. by Bradford H. Hager, MIT earth sciences professor and a part-time resident of Mercer Portland Press Herald op-ed Hydro-Quebec’s claim that – as paraphrased by Portland Press Herald Staff Writer Edward D. Murphy – the electricity they would send south is “produced with Read More
Other bills include proposals to require MaineCare to provide coverage for legal abortion services, and to make vehicle inspections on new cars valid for two years. by Scott Thistle, Staff Writer Portland Press Herald news story The Maine Legislature is back to work and already has 25 bills moving through the process, including one that Read More
Statement of Emmie Theberge, Federal Project Director, Natural Resources Council of Maine “The Trump Administration has taken the first step to dramatically roll back the 2011 Mercury and Air Toxic Standards, federal protections that limit toxic mercury pollution from coal-fired power plants nationwide. In its announcement he EPA says ‘that it is not appropriate and Read More
Points to Efficiency Maine announcement on fast charging EV stations as a positive step NRCM news release Augusta, ME – Below is a statement from NRCM’s Climate and Clean Energy Director Dylan Voorhees on an announcement yesterday that nine Northeast and mid-Atlantic states and the District of Columbia signed a landmark agreement to curb pollution Read More
By Susan Sharon Maine Public news story Scientists are speaking out about what they say have been “remarkable improvements” in curbing mercury emissions under Obama-era regulations that are now under threat by the Trump administration. Mercury is a toxic chemical most commonly associated with coal-burning power plants. Because they are downwind from coal-burning states, Maine Read More
In our large, rural state with few mass-transit options, transportation’s slice of the greenhouse-gas pie grows. by Kevin Miller, Staff Writer Portland Press Herald news story The more than 1.5 million cars, trucks, boats and planes in Maine account for an ever-greater share of the state’s greenhouse gas pollution, presenting major regulatory challenges at a Read More
The effects on species that thrive in cold waters provide glimpses of the damage that rising ocean temperatures can do, but the federal and state response remains weak. by Colin Woodard, Staff Writer Portland Press Herald news story The Gulf of Maine is experiencing its third-warmest year on record, triggering the starvation of puffin chicks Read More
Predictable storms, sea-level rise and flooding call for major spending now to prevent economic disruption and the catastrophic loss of property in our state. Portland Press Herald editorial The global challenge of climate change is usually framed as a debate between people who “believe” that human activity is causing the Earth to get warmer and Read More