In a state that relies on driving and tourism, some wish to make automobile use far more costly. While this article seemingly attempts to create justification for toxin-producing solar and toxin-producing electric car batteries for a more electricity-reliant future, as usual, there's not a single mention of nuclear power.
A preference for pickups, paltry spending on public transit options and slow adoption of electric vehicles create significant obstacles for the state's ambitious goals.
......................Eventually, Mainers are going to have to confront the impact their everyday vehicle use is having on the environment, said Dylan Voorhees, energy director at the Natural Resources Council of Maine.
A multistate alliance called the Transportation Carbon Initiative could provide future relief. The initiative, a collection of 12 Northeast and mid-Atlantic states and Washington, D.C., intends to put a limit on the amount of carbon produced by vehicles and put a price on that pollution. It is modeled on a similar program that reduced greenhouse gases from power plants in New England starting in 2007.
“I’m a fairly big believer in markets to get the right outcome – people understand the economic implications of their actions,” Voorhees said.
“We need to account for the fact that our cars and trucks are polluting our atmosphere, are changing our oceans, are changing our forests, are making us sick; that is the cost of our polluting out of our tailpipes for free,” he added. “We are not really paying the full cost of driving any of our cars, much less our trucks.”..................
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