Director Jonathan Rubin presents to Maine Climate Council

Margaret Chase Smith Policy Center director, Jonathan Rubin, was invited by the Maine Climate Council to give an introductory presentation to the Transportation Working Group. The goals of the Maine Climate Council are:

  • Bold emissions reductions: The Maine Climate Council is charged with developing a plan to meet state emissions reduction targets that are now in law, including a gross 45% GHG reduction below 1990 levels by 2030 and at least 80% by 2050
  • Mitigation: Develop mitigation strategies to meet state emissions reduction requirements in all sectors of the economy, with a focus on Maine’s transportation, electricity, and buildings sectors
  • Resilience: Develop strategies that will make Maine people, industries, and communities resilient to the impacts of climate change
  • Jobs: Recommend how to best grow good paying jobs in the transition to a lower carbon economy, and provide support and retraining for those industries and workers who will be most impacted by climate change
  • Transition: Develop programs to ensure Maine’s rural, low-income and elderly populations are not adversely impacted in the shift to a low-carbon economy, while also delivering benefits like lower heating bills

More information about the Maine Climate Council can be found at their website:

The mission of the Transportation Working Group is to meet, discuss, and propose solutions to Maine’s climate challenges in regards to the transportation sector. Other working groups include Energy; Buildings, Infrastructure, and Housing; Coastal and Marine; Natural and Working Lands; Community Resilience, Public Health, and Emergency Management, as well as a Scientific and Technical Subcommittee.

For more information about Jonathan Rubin’s presentation, including his slide show please visit the Transportation Working Group website: