Here are some highlights from this month’s news stories and opinion pieces related to the environment, including Maine’s air, land, water, and wildlife, in this month’s News & Noteworthy from the Natural Resources Council of Maine.
September 16, 2021
We are starting off this week’s News & Noteworthy with news related to Central Maine Power’s ads about Question 1 (the proposed CMP corridor), which are not true. They are using false information to scare people. In today’s Portland Press Herald column, Bill Nemitz called it “political hokum of the highest order.”
Some good news for electric car owners traveling to or through Wells in southern Maine: you can now charge your car at the Wells Public Library with a newly installed EV charging station!
More good news from southern Maine: Kittery has announced a new composting program for food scraps, compostable plastics, and other food waste.
Some great electric vehicle news: Mount Desert Island High School just purchased Maine’s first electric school bus! And, just a little further inland from MDI, Bangor’s police department purchased their first all-electric police car! Let’s hope other municipalities soon follow.
It’s great to have Mainers making changes like switching to electric cars, weatherizing their homes, taking public transit and more to reduce climate-changing pollution. But, as Maine’s climate warms due to climate change, how can you prepare your home to better withstand extreme storms and the more frequent power outages we are seeing because of them? Read this Portland Press Herald article by longtime staff writer Tux Turkel to get some answers to that question.
As you may know, Maine passed the first-in-the-nation Extended Producer Responsibility for Packaging law in July, with Oregon also passing a law later in 2021. Read more about what these laws will do to shift responsibility for paying for recycling costs in this article from Grist.
For people wanting to be able to enjoy Moosehead Lake, Greenville just opened a new boat landing and park, which will allow for year-round access to this spectacular lake!
We will end this week’s News & Noteworthy with a big thank you and congratulations to Superintendent Tim Hudson upon his retirement. He retires after 50 years with the National Park Service and served as the first Superintendent in charge of the Katahdin Woods & Waters National Monument since it was established in 2016. Thank you, Tim!
September 9, 2021
The big news today, which just happened moments ago, is that NRCM and our partners filed a lawsuit against Brookfield Renewable, owner of four dams on the Kennebec River, for breaking the law and killing endangered Atlantic salmon. You can read the full lawsuit filing and our news release here.
“Climate change is here,” according to a recent Bangor Daily News editorial. We couldn’t agree more. Now is the time for climate action.
Areas of southern Maine are at risk from sea-level rise. Read about the new report, “Tides, Taxes and New Tactics,” which states that 3,568 properties in just three southern Maine towns are vulnerable to a 1.6-foot level sea rise.
NRCM continues to oppose the plan by Canadian company Wolfden Resources to mine at Pickett Mountain, very near both Baxter State Park and the Katahdin Woods & Waters National Monument. This week, NRCM Staff Scientist Nick Bennett is quoted in an article about Wolfden’s updated rezoning petition to LUPC.
Greenpeace announced this week that they have appointed Ebony Twilley Martin as their first Black co-executive director.
To combat climate change, we need to end our dependence on fossil fuels and increase our use of renewable energy. According to the Biden Administration, “solar could provide nearly half of all US electricity by 2050.” Read more in Grist.
This week, Maine’s Congresswoman Chellie Pingree is hosting colleagues at Acadia National Park to discuss climate change impacts on this beloved park.
NRCM Sustainable Maine Director Sarah Nichols continues to share information about Maine’s first-in-the-nation EPR for Packaging law, this time in an episode of WYNC Studios’ “The Takeaway.”