City Councilors in South Portland think banning gasoline-powered lawnmowers could be the ticket to Maine’s environmental salvation.
At a council work session Tuesday night, council members heard from Julie Rosenbach, the city’s “Sustainability Director”.
The city has proposed some lofty goals to do its part to stop global warming.
Over the last five years, it has resolved to reduce greenhouse gas emissions citywide by 80% by 2050, transition municipal operations to 100% clean energy by 2040, and rapidly phase out the use of fossil fuels and technologies which rely upon them.
Part of the city’s initiative calls for great electric vehicle adoption and more solar panels.
But it’s unclear whether those technologies are compatible with their environmental goals, since the production processes for both are heavily dependent on fossil fuels.
Ultimately, the city hopes to end its greenhouse gas emissions within 10 years.
Ironically, Tuesday’s meeting was originally supposed to take place on March 14 but was rescheduled due to a power outage.
You can learn more about the city’s work to halt global warming here.