Commentary: Maine Clean Trucks proposal carries major economic and environmental benefits

Mainers have made their voices heard about a proposal to gradually bring more clean vans, trucks and buses to our roads. The state’s mandatory 45% cut in greenhouse-gas emissions looms, and this rule – the Advanced Clean Trucks program – is necessary for the state to hit this target.

Medium- and heavy-duty vehicles, while only comprising around 5% of the vehicles on our roads, contribute more than a quarter of climate-damaging transportation emissions. And Mainers would also breathe easier if these vehicles were cleaned up: Trucks disproportionately release air pollution that causes cancer and is harmful to people even at low doses and for short periods of time.

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