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Maine Passes Law To Reduce Oil Use 50 Percent By 2050

Maine Passes Law To Reduce Oil Use 50 Percent By 2050


Maine’s Republican-controlled state legislature passed a law this summer which requires the state to reduce its oil use by 30 percent by 2030 and 50 percent by 2050. Considering that Maine is ranked as the fourth most oil-dependent state by the Energy Information Administration, the passage of the law sends an important message to other states.

Efficiency Maine Trust, a non-profit group, will develop a plan to achieve the goals set in the law. The plan to reduce the state’s oil consumption must focus on near-term policies and infrastructure changes, according to the bill’s text. In addition, the plan must prioritize the improvement of energy efficiency and the transition to the use of alternative energy sources.

“Thankfully, Maine has many tools that we can use to reduce our dependence on oil — safeguarding not only our economy and our national security, but our environment as well,” said Emily Figdor, Environment Maine Director, who led the effort to pass the law. “By getting the most out of every drop of oil we use through improved energy efficiency, shifting toward transportation systems that use less oil, and by substituting clean fuels for both heating and transportation, Maine can achieve a dramatic reduction in our use of oil.”

According to a National Resources Defense Council (NRDC) blog post, the options Efficiency Maine Trust will consider are shifting freight from trucks to rail and marine transport, using more electric vehicles, weatherizing homes and offices, using more renewable sources for heating and offering rebates to consumers to retire old cars and trucks.

Environment America’s report, Getting Off Oil lays out a plan to reduce oil use. The U.S. could reduce its oil use for energy by 1.9 billion barrels of oil a year by 2030, according to the report. The policies needed to implement the plan, according to the report, include a 62 mpg fuel economy standard, energy efficient replacement tires for cars and light trucks, putting millions of plug-in electric vehicles on the road and doubling the use public transportation over the next 20 years.

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12:57PM PDT on Aug 28, 2011

If something works, people will try to make a bunch of them and then sell them in order to make money. If something does not work, someone will try to get the government to subsidize it.

12:52PM PDT on Aug 28, 2011

Roger B -- right on on man you rock.

9:08PM PDT on Aug 26, 2011

THAT was a lesson in economics? I guess your point was too hidden to see.You have overused your Pogue carb barbs so much, now when I search in Google, your comment are at the top of the list.

6:22AM PDT on Aug 26, 2011

Patrick, Roger the Energizer Bunny gets wound up when childish liberals demonstrate that they need a lesson in economics.

6:20AM PDT on Aug 26, 2011

Patrick, is that the best that you can do: UEB -- University of Ebay. No, I studied various places, but the one that taught me economics is called the University of Life. If the Pogue carburetor worked, people would be selling it on Ebay. If you think that I am wrong, why don't you build some and sell them on Ebay. Any one of the follow is true about the Pogue carburetor: (1) it does not work. (2) it costs too much to market (3) the benefit is not worth the cost (4) it is too difficult to make. In any case, working includes the part about marketing. If I filled my roof with solar cells, I could make a lot of money. But the cell necessary would cost so much that I would be paying back the bank for the rest of my life.

11:46PM PDT on Aug 25, 2011

Roger's like the energizer bunny, wind him up and he goes on and on and on and on....

11:38PM PDT on Aug 25, 2011

Oh sorry Roger, I dint studied at UEB. The University of EBay

7:30PM PDT on Aug 25, 2011

Here are a few things that you can do that will actually work and not cost you an arm and a leg: (1) Window tints. You can buy them at any home improvement store. They are much more difficult to put on correctly than it looks when you read the directions. Ideally, it takes 4 or 5 people to put them on. (2) Radiant barriers. These are strong aluminum foil that you put in your attics. They can reflect back as much as 90% of the outside radiant heat (most of the heat) in summer and 60% of the indoor radiant heat in the winter. They are easy intellectually to put in, but the insulation already in your attic and the heat can kill you, literally. (3) Overhangs over the windows and door. [I forget what they are called.] Architects stop including them in their designs because they figured that everyone would have air-conditioning. Bad move. Air-conditioning cost money forever. Overhangs cost nothing except for the upfront cost. I have not yet figured out how to add these to an already existing house.

5:53PM PDT on Aug 25, 2011

Elizabeth, and how much energy did the school project put out? I am going to take a guess and say not much. I have been jazzed about solar energy and alternative energy for about 40 years. That does not make it easy to do for everyone. I even sent without a request an alternative energy catalog to the most isolated island on Earth: Tristan Da Cuna. I was just as much of a wild-eyed idealist as you all are, but then reality set in and I discovered that things cost money and I usually didn't have enough.

5:36PM PDT on Aug 25, 2011

DH wrote concerning solar power: "If you can make money by legally getting something for free, and then selling it then why not do it? Anything less is stupid." Solar panels are not free. The energy that they harness is free, but the panels themselves are expensive. If you want break-even amount of panels on your house, it will cost about roughly $20,000, not counting the government subsidies, which someone has to pay for. That means that those panels would pay for themselves at my house in about 216 months or 18 years. I can't take that kind of a hit if I don't make any money in 18 years.

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