Happy New Year! Here is the latest round-up of news from the past week.
January 2, 2020
NRCM Dip & Dash
The Clean Energy Transition
NRCM’s Dylan Voorhees wrote an op-ed with the CEO of Maine Solar Systems about how solar energy is strengthening Maine and its economy thanks to Governor Mills’ leadership. Meanwhile, Governor Mills sent a letter to Congress urging more action on climate, in particular for rural communities.
Tackling Transportation Pollution
There was a fantastic op-ed in the Bangor Daily News by Bowdoin student Noel Leonetti about why Maine needs a statewide public transportation system. Students in Falmouth applied for and received a grant to install EV chargers at the high school.
The Acadia Center urges Maine to become actively involved in the Transportation & Climate Initiative (TCI) and Maine Audubon calls out the Gorham connector proposal for being at odds with the state’s climate goals. TCI is among the efforts to increase funding for transportation projects that are being considered separately by politicians.
The Land Use Planning Commission’s staff have issued a report that concludes CMP’s corridor project complies with all applicable rules, a conclusion that is contrary to what the evidence shows! The Commission meets on January 8 to make a final decision.
The Bangor Daily News “Maine Focus” team produced this in-depth story exploring Representative Seth Berry’s (D-Bowdoinham) bill that would transition utilities in Maine to public ownership.
Representative Nicole Grohoski (D-Ellsworth) is promoting recycling reform, and it’s fantastic to see the Bangor Daily News expanding their politics coverage in 2020 with new reporters. Check out editor Mike Shepherd’s post on what to expect!