Kristina Egan, executive director of the Greater Portland Council of Governments, told the Legislature’s Environment and Natural Resources Committee today that meaningful reductions in greenhouse gases are impossible without addressing carbon emissions produced by motor vehicles. Testifying in support of LD 1679, which would create a Maine Climate Change Council, Egan said that Maine’s transportation sector generates 53 percent of all carbon emissions in Maine. Those emissions are largely driven by the transportation sector’s consumption of petroleum, which has increased from 1990 to 2017, offsetting emission savings from better fuel efficiency and growing numbers of electric vehicles.
“Simply stated, without de-carbonization of the transportation sector in Maine, we cannot reach meaningful carbon emission reduction goals,” Egan said.
Read her full testimony here.