Editorial Portland Press Herald The fight over whether humans are altering the climate by raising the amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere is over. The data clearly show that we are. Now the question becomes what should be done about it? Hint: Don’t wait for the federal government to provide an answer. On Thursday, 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.
Letter-to-the-editor Portland Press Herald Maine is leading the nation in reducing carbon dioxide emissions from power plants by working with other northern states in the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) program. However, power companies are pushing to take the lion’s share of carbon dioxide emission credits from this program. Power companies claim electricity bills will Read More
Editorial Lewiston Sun Journal In 2003, Maine and eight other Northeastern and mid-Atlantic states began working on a regional approach to reducing greenhouse gas emissions. With the details of the landmark agreement due for release in early December, Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, perhaps with his eye trained on the White House, has balked. The delay Read More
by John Buell Bangor Daily News op-ed Business lobbyists often talk about building a better business “climate.” They use the noun “climate” in a metaphorical sense to imply that without the right tax policies business cannot thrive and expand. References to climate, however, should be taken in a more literal sense. Without air that is fit Read More
by Dr. Paul Liebow Bangor Daily News Maine’s Board of Environmental Protection should adopt California’s carbon dioxide vehicular emissions standards. It won’t happen nationally. The Bush administration ignores climate predictions of the overwhelming majority of Earth scientists, as it ignored National Weather Service warnings for three long days before Katrina. This “high-risk behavior” has far Read More
by Colin Woodard Working Waterfront magazine October 2005 For decades now, scientists have warned that global warming will result in more frequent and powerful storms, and that rising seas will exacerbate the damage they cause. Unfortunately, it has taken Hurricane Katrina and the destruction of a major metropolitan area to really bring home to the Read More