Welcome to 350 Maine!
#NoDAPL: No Dakota Access Pipeline!
The opposing lines next to the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation have been clearly drawn. On the one hand, the pipeline company, Energy Transfer Partners, is nearly 90% finished with the project and is resolved to continue building as if there were no tomorrow. On the other hand, indigenous activists are equally and oppositely resolved.
How do we counter the power and momentum of the fossil fuel industry? For context on the Standing Rock resistance to the Dakota Access Pipeline, read the full article by Lee Chisholm here. And see our most recent email blast -- including updates regarding events preceding and following the escalation of violence in Standing Rock.
What will you do to stand in solidarity with the water and climate protectors at Standing Rock? Please see this link for a host of options that YOU can attend to.
350 Maine encourages you to step up in solidarity with communities on the frontline who continue to be most impacted by our dependence on fossil fuels.
PROTECT OUR WATERS AND THE CLIMATE:
BAN TAR SANDS TANKERS!!
Maine has been a powerful focus related to the tar sands threat – both as a point of risk for tar sands flowing to the East Coast and as a source of strong opposition to the extraction, transportation and use of this toxic fuel.
There is much evidence of our success in our opposition to tar sands: we helped to ensure that it does not flow through New England and we worked to stop the Keystone XL pipeline. In addition, the proposed $16 billion dollar TransCanada Energy East pipeline – that will travel from Alberta to New Brunswick – avoids a more-direct route through New England, arguably due to our opposition.
However, to bring the tar sands product to market will require a steady stream of tankers in our water, which carries many risks!
From increased tanker traffic in the Gulf of Maine, the risk of inevitable oil spills (involving tar sands oil that, as per a study by the National Academy of Sciences, cannot be cleaned up), further negative impacts on the endangered and distressed North American right whale and other sea life -- and the profound destruction to Maine’s marine economy -- and the host of current and future climate change impacts, the risks are enormous –- and unacceptable.
There is much to do in continuing our opposition to the extreme energy realities of tar sands. Here’s what you can do TODAY:
Please sign this petition to President Obama, insisting
that he place a moratorium on tar sands tankers
PLEASE SHARE this petition with your friends and family (see the links at the bottom of the petition).
350 Maine appreciates all of your support and involvement with this issue. If you are willing to directly work on this and other extreme energy issues, please contact Sarah Lachance of the 350 Maine Extreme Energy and Solutions Team.
See 350 Maine’s online Calendar for upcoming events!
What is 350 Maine?
We're building a grassroots network across the state to address the crisis of climate change and a world too dependent on dirty fossil fuels.
Together, under the banner of the message and organizing model of 350.org, we're forging a path to a cleaner, more sustainable future that puts the long term health of the planet and its inhabitants above the short term profits of energy companies.