16 Aug '11, 5pm

Maine has passed a law to cut overall oil consumption by 50% - before 2050!

Oil dependence is an issue that can bring together people from all over the political spectrum, as it touches on national security, economics and the environment. So it’s not terribly surprising – although it is encouraging -- that the nation’s first oil-savings bill was passed in a state led by a Tea Party governor and a Republican-dominated legislature. This summer, Maine passed a law requiring the state to reduce its overall oil consumption 30 percent by 2030 and 50 percent by 2050, based on 2009 levels. This law is ambitious, and the impetus behind it is clear. According to the federal Energy Information Administration, Maine is the fourth most oil-dependent state in the country. Mainers spend $15 million a day on oil, mostly for home heating and transportation. Oil is also the number one source of air pollution in the state, which has held on to its reputation for cle...

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