February 12 2015 Email Blast

TO: “a bunch of left fringe extremists and anarchists” (as per House Speaker John A. Boehner, regarding those who are asking President Obama to oppose the Keystone XL Pipeline)
FROM: 350 Maine

RE: Congress gives final approval to Keystone bill, setting up veto showdown

Despite years of opposition to the Keystone XL pipeline (see map of national actions here), Congress continues to defy the will of the people - repeatedly. We seem to be coming to the close of this legislative game, with President Obama indicating plans to veto KXL supportive legislation. Stay tuned for updates on what’s next in this ongoing battle.

Keystone_Protest_poster-Sour_crude-wide.jpegLocally: our friend Jim Murphy of the National Wildlife Federation comments on the news of the Portland Pipe Line Company suing the City of South Portland related to the Clear Skies Ordinance, blocking tar sands coming into New England; see
With Tar Sands Project in Mind, Pipeline Company Sues Maine Town.

TONIGHT: Thursday, 2/12: 350 Greater Portland Meeting (every 2nd and 4th Thursday). Join us at the Friends School, Mackworth Island, Falmouth from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 pm. Contact: Lee Chisholm.

TOMORROW: join us for in-state events associated with Global Dive$tment Day activities on February 13, including:

  • Global Divestment Day of Action Press Conference: “Maine Divests for a Clean Energy Future”. We’d appreciate your presence at the Welcome Center of the State House in  Augusta from 10 am to 12 noon.  Contact: Karen Marysdaughter and Read Brugger.
  • Bowdoin Climate Action Rally 4:00 PM The Polar Bear/Hyde Plaza, Brunswick, ME 04011; see this link FMI and to RSVP.
  • “Vittles and Videos”: filmed stories of Maine divestment activists and soup supper. 350 Lincoln County. Midcoast Friends Meetinghouse, 77 Belvedere Rd., Damariscotta (snow date Feb. 20), 5:30-7:30pm. See this link FMI and to RSVP. Contact: Andy Burt

Please be sure to sign our petition related to Maine Public Employees Retirement System (MainePERS) divestment effort.

SATURDAY: February 14, 9am-4pm, Please join us for “Changing Maine: We DO Have the Power Local Organizing Against Corporate/Industrialized Projects” at UMaine Augusta, Randall Center Fireplace Lounge. FMI: Sass Linneken.

Here’s a notable issue that will be considered at the Changing Maine event: many 350 Maine and other environmental activists worked quite hard over the last two years to defeat legislation in support of mountaintop removal in Maine. Now, the exact same mining rules are back at the legislature for reconsideration (LD 146) and a public hearing is set for Wednesday, February 25th at 9:00 a.m. in room 216 of the Cross building next to the statehouse in Augusta. FMI: see this link.


Save-The-Date: See this Calendar link for information related to upcoming events across the state.

Please engage in our 350 Maine regional node efforts, including with upcoming meetings; see specific information here. 350 Maine processes are guided by our Spokes Council approach, where representatives from our regional nodes and campaign teams communicate regularly - and you’re invited!

Be sure to join Climate Vigils including in:

If you are interested in hosting a Tar Sands Healing Walk presentation in your area, please contact Lee Chisholm, Sarah Lachance or Hilary Clark.  See a video of a 11/23/14 presentation in Damariscotta here.


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