STATEWIDE – Tuesday marked the 50th anniversary of the Clean Air Act.
“It’s a time to reflect and consider how we can address other public health challenges that we are facing in a nonpartisan manner so that we as a state and as a country can accomplish something so great,” said Rebecca Boulous, executive director of the Maine Public Association.
The U.S. Senate passed the law in 1970.
Rising sea levels, droughts, and hotter temperatures are all producing more greenhouse gases.
According to a University of Maine professor, we need to act now to improve our economy.
“These trends are accelerating, so we are working hard to try to address that,” said Ivy Fernandez, professor of the University of Maine.
However, the Trump administration announced the rollback of Obama-era methane rules.
According to the advocacy director of the Clean Air Task Force, in the 50 years of the Clean Air Act, they are now facing more problems.
“The industry didn’t ask for this. Nobody can really understand why they did it. It’s not a very expensive proposition,” said Sen. Angus King, I-Maine.
According to King, the fight will have to continue to improve our air quality and protect public health.