CAR TROUBLE - A new report details 20 ways Maine can cut gas costs and global warming

Today, the Natural Resources Council of Maine and Environment Maine released a 60 plus page report on how governors in New England can rein in gas costs and fight global warming.

Jennifer Andersen, outreach coordinator of the Natural Resources Council of Maine, and Matt Davis, advocate for Environment Maine, released the study, which is endorsed by Peter Cavanaugh, director of operations at Metro, and Carey Kish, manager of the statewide carpooling network Go Maine. During a press conference near Monument Square this morning which was occasionally drowned out by the rumbling of buses and the scream of fire engines, Davis said the state should invest in alternative modes of transit instead of spending the bulk of its transit dollars on highway and road maintenance.

"With the costs of having a vehicle and insurance and gasoline," agreed Andersen, "and the [effect] that we're seeing to our towns in terms of [traffic] congestion and global warming and air pollution, we really need to take a look at where" we're spending our federal and state money.

The report contains 20 suggestions for reducing our dependence on gasoline and lessening vehicle emissions which cause global warming. The list includes creating more transportation alternatives, like an expanded rail service up the coast, and encouraging development in city centers rather than in outlying rural areas to cut down on commuting.


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