Climate change is the most serious environmental threat of our time and requires federal action. With the failure of Congress to tackle this challenge, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is pressing forward with pollution limits as required by the Clean Air Act. The EPA’s Clean Power Plan has put the first ever limits on climate-changing carbon pollution from power plants.
NRCM is leading a collaborative effort to oppose the repeal of the Clean Power Plan. Tens of thousands of Mainers and hundreds of Maine businesses called on our Senators to show leadership in supporting and defending the plan.
Maine is especially vulnerable to the effects of climate change, which could have devastating impacts on our lobster, ski, foliage, and other nature-based industries. Our coastal communities—vital to our tourism economy—are threatened by increasingly severe storms and sea-level rise. Scientists agree that climate change is causing increased insect-borne illnesses, such as Lyme disease, and our reliance on dirty energy sources, including oil and coal, contributes to high asthma rates in Maine children and contamination of our lakes, rivers, and streams, and the wildlife that depend on them.
Federal clean energy policies would result in a safer, healthier environment for Maine people. Investing in clean energy and energy efficiency could also mean thousands more good-paying jobs for Maine workers.
Maine can be a leader in creating jobs in efficiency and clean energy research and development. We can also benefit by wisely harnessing our natural sources of clean, renewable energy. The EPA’s Clean Power Plan recognizes the leadership already shown by Maine and the region by putting our own strict limits on carbon pollution from power plants through the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative.