News Releases

News Release | Environment Maine

Obama Admin. To Finalize Historic Clean Car Standards

Portland, Maine—The Obama administration today will finalize new clean car standards that will double the fuel efficiency of today’s vehicles by 2025, drastically reducing carbon pollution and cutting oil use in Maine and nationwide.  The standards will cover new cars and light trucks in model years 2017-2025, and require those vehicles to average the equivalent of a 54.5 miles-per-gallon standard by 2025.  A recent joint analysis by the Natural Resources Defense Council and Union of Concerned Scientists projects that in Maine alone the standards will cut carbon pollution by 1.12 million metric tons annually starting in 2030—the equivalent of the annual pollution from 170,000 of today’s vehicles—and save 95 million gallons of fuel each year.  

News Release | Environment Maine

As Emissions in Maine and Northeast States Decline, Economic Growth Outpaces Nation

Maine and other northeast states successfully reduced global warming pollution over the last decade, while at the same time growing their economies—and did so faster than the rest of the nation, according to a new Environment Maine report released today.

News Release | Environment Maine

Record Support for New Carbon Standards in Maine

The Natural Resources Council of Maine and Environment Maine today announced that 16,615 Maine people were part of an unprecedented three million U.S. citizens who contacted the U.S. EPA in support of national standards to limit dangerous industrial carbon pollution from new power plants. 

News Release | Environment Maine Research and Policy Center

New Report: Extreme Downpours Snowstorms Up 74 Percent in Maine

Portland, Maine - One month after heavy rains led to record flooding that devastated Brownville and surrounding towns, a new Environment Maine report released today shows that extreme rainstorms snowstorms are happening 74 percent more frequently in Maine since 1948. 

News Release | Environment Maine

Electric Vehicles are Ready to Roll in Maine

With the right policies in place, plug-in vehicles can reduce oil dependence in Maine by more than 542,000 gallons per year, according to a new report released today by Environment Maine.