Democratic Gov. Janet Mills told state lawmakers Friday that her proposal to create a 27-member climate change council will help the state reduce greenhouse gas emissions while transitioning the state to what she describes as a "low-carbon" economy.
Testifying before the Legislature's Natural Resources Committee, Mills says the council will come up with plans to slash emissions by 80 percent and generate 100 percent of the state’s power from renewable sources by 2050.
"Now, it's easy to set goals on paper, to pass laws that say we should do this, or we should do that," she says. "Implementing it is a whole other thing. That's what this climate council will be tasked with doing."
Mills says the council will also include a team of scientists that will find the best ways to execute the state's climate plan.
Some conservative groups, including the Maine Heritage Policy Center, have criticized the proposal for growing government and unfairly restricting Maine electricity sources. They also question whether the proposal can make a difference affecting climate change.
ORONO, Maine (WABI) - Middle and high school students from all over the state gathered at the University of Maine Friday for an engineering challenge.
"We have about 400 students from across the state of Maine who are testing floating wind turbines." said Dr. Habib Dagher, Executive Director of the Advanced Structures & Composites Center.
Students showed off their engineering skills by bringing scale-model offshore wind turbine platforms they built to the University of Maine Advanced Structures and Composites Center for the Kleinschmidt Windstorm Challenge.
Gabi Membreno spoke to us representing her team from King Middle School in Portland.
"Well, we made sketches, and then we started building, and then we combined teams with someone and started building together."
All the platforms were equipped with a standardized turbine, and teams were judged on the stability of their design.
"They have a lot of very inventive designs." said Dr. Dagher. "The students are very excited. The teachers are very excited. They want to see how their design works."