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WGME: Maine Climate Council on track to meet several goals, focus shifts to conservation

June 20, 2024
WGME reports on the Maine Climate Council’s progress toward state-wide climate goals.

“More than three years ago, Maine’s Climate Council set out several bold goals to counter climate change.

 

The state is on track to reach some of them.

 

‘We have reduced emissions 30 percent since 1990. We are supposed to reduce by 45 percent in 2030. So, we’re doing well compared to many other states, but we still have a ways to go. Things like heat pump deployment are going great, more EV chargers, there’s a lot more progress in terms of clean energy, clean energy jobs,’ Maine Climate Council Co-Chair Hannah Pingree said.”

About the Alliance

Launched on June 1, 2017 by the governors of Washington, New York, and California to help fill the void left by the previous administration’s decision to withdraw the U.S. from the Paris Agreement, the Alliance has grown to include 24 governors from across the U.S. representing approximately 60% of the U.S. economy and 55% of the U.S. population. Governors in the Alliance have pledged to collectively reduce greenhouse gas emissions by at least 26-28% below 2005 levels by 2025, at least 50-52% below 2005 levels by 2030, and collectively achieve overall net-zero greenhouse gas emissions as soon as practicable, and no later than 2050.

 

The Alliance’s states and territories continue to demonstrate that climate action goes hand-in-hand with economic growth, job creation, and better public health. While reducing emissions by 18% between 2005 and 2021, Alliance members grew their collective GDP by nearly 30%. The coalition’s states and territories are employing more workers in the clean energy sector, achieving lower levels of dangerous air pollutants, and preparing more effectively for climate impacts and executing more pre-disaster planning than the rest of the country.

 

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