This week, Maine and other northeastern states presented three possible options for strengthening the best regional clean air and climate protection program in the country, the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative. This program limits dangerous pollution from power plants in Maine and across the region – helping to slow the warming of our planet and clean up our air. It also fuels investment in clean energy by making polluters pay to pollute.
As the federal government attempts to roll back programs that limit air pollution with the Clean Cars Standards and the Clean Power Plan under attack, Environment Maine Research & Policy Center released a new report showing that Governor LePage could double the benefits of reducing power plant pollution. The report, Doubling Down on Climate Progress, concludes that doubling the strength of the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative would cut dangerous global warming pollution from power plants in half by 2030 and double our investment in clean energy – enough to weatherize 260,000 homes, over one-third of every home in Maine.