U.S. Sen. Angus King’s bill calls for transitioning the non-tactical fleet of the U.S. Department of Defense to electric and other zero-emission vehicle types. King said his proposal would require three quarters of non-tactical vehicles purchased by the department to be electric or zero-emission and made in the U.S.
Non-tactical vehicles include cars, vans and some trucks. The defense department is the world’s largest institutional consumer of petroleum and causes more than half of the U.S. government’s greenhouse gas emissions, King said.
King sits on the Senate’s armed services and energy and natural resources committees. He said his proposal “would be a significant step to reduce greenhouse gases, increase the resiliency of our national defense, and invest in America’s electric vehicle manufacturing.”
Seth Berry, Top CMP critic leaves Maine Legislature to help run consumer-owned utility campaign
by Caitlin Andrews
One of Maine’s most prominent Central Maine Power Co. critics is resigning from his seat and dropping his bid for another term to focus more on a consumer-owned utility referendum.
Rep. Seth Berry, D-Bowdoinham, the co-chair of the Legislature’s energy panel, announced Thursday that he was stepping down from what little remains of this term to pay more attention to the initiative led by the group Our Power, which Mainers could vote on in late 2023.
The ballot question would ask Mainers if they would like to create the Pine Tree Power Company, which would use bonds to buy out CMP and Versant Power, the state’s two biggest electric utilities. CMP and its allies have started their own counter-referendum campaign to try to require voters to approve big bonding projects by government-controlled entities...................
........................“Our Power’s ballot question is a path to clean energy savings and self-determination not only for Maine, but by our example, for others too.”
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