Keep Your Sunny Side Up!

Rise Up Singing

It’s a gray morning and the election results have most reasonable folks feeling down. One bright spot on the elections: 350 Maine’s Billy Rixon is now a Freeport Town Councilor; congratulations, Billy!

This is an important time to remember that we have survived four years of Governor LePage and we can survive four more. We know the forces against which we will combine; we know we have no reason for complacency and we can’t relax. All good information to keep in mind! Today WERU community radio played “Rise Up Singing” and I thought what a great bit of advice for all of us. We have not been defeated; we have defined the field. Anybody ready for a Keystone XL pipeline resistance action and perhaps arrest? Gotta believe that will be coming up fast on our horizon. —from Heidi Brugger

Let the Sun Shine

In a recent spate of emails we learned that communities around the state are jumping on the solar bandwagon. It was quite a lift to read that—

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This is a lot of incredible energy for renewables in our state. And the bandwagon has room for more. Phil Coupe, founder of Revision Energy, welcomes inquires about how to get your town in on this action. He recommends contacting Jen Hatch (jen@revisionenergy.com, 207-221-6342). Sarah Lachance suggested that we may want to create a 350 Maine Solutions campaign team. This could be the time! (Image: Portland Press Herald)

Energy East Pipeline Update

350 Maine joined forces with Sierra Club Maine Chapter, Environment Maine and the Natural Resources Council of Maine (NRCM) to launch a campaign to warn northern and eastern Maine residents about possible environmental harms from a $10.8 billion crude oil pipeline proposed by TransCanada. The Energy East pipeline could carry about 1.1 million barrels of oil per day over 2,860 miles to reach New Brunswick and, as it passes around Maine, could come within 20 miles of the border.

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The coalition of environmental groups warns that a spill from such a pipeline could pollute tributaries of the St. John River. They also warned that the project threatens to speed up climate change by bolstering tar sands production. As NRCM’s Emmie Theberge of NRCM notes, “The proposed Energy East pipeline would still threaten to pollute our waters and air, and send our climate past its tipping point. It would be totally unacceptable for a huge new tar sands pipeline just across the border in Canada to threaten the St. John’s water quality, wildlife habitat, and recreational resources.” Adds 350 Maine’s Sarah Lachance, “The Energy East pipeline would allow further destruction of this land [Alberta], its people, and the planet through climate change. I think it’s fair to say that lots of Mainers join people across Canada opposing the proposed Energy East pipeline.”

Anti-Infrastructure Arrests Around the Nation

110714c.jpgMore than 60 people were arrested in recent days while conducting non-violent civil disobedience actions in New York, Rhode Island, Maryland, Vermont, and Washington, D.C. The DC protests targeted the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) in DC for its continued bowing to industry pressure, rubber-stamping permits for fracking as well as pipeline and LNG export facilities regardless of environmental and health impacts. Climate impacts are not part of FERC’s review processes. Rhode Island protesters conducted a sit-in in Senator Jack Reed’s offices opposing the SPECTRA natural gas pipeline, which runs throughout New England. (Image: DCMedia Group)

Considering a Carbon Tax

The Pricing Carbon Initiative is calling for people to hold post-election events that promote the goal of enacting “legislation that puts a price on carbon pollution and returns revenues to the American people, either directly or by reducing taxes.” The Citizens’ Climate Lobby and many of those involved in state-level carbon tax efforts are encouraging people to participate in these events. 350 Maine is invited to one such event—a potluck meeting on Sunday, Nov. 16, at the Brunswick home of Patty and John Newlin from 4:30 to 7:00 p.m.. John is one of the people heading up the Citizens’ Climate Lobby in Maine. The meeting will begin with an optional woods walk from 4:00 to 4:30 p.m. (please bring blaze orange wear if you have it). If you plan to attend, let the Newlins know by RSVPing. Click here for directions and here for a short video about the Pricing Carbon Initiative events on Nov. 14-16 across the United States.

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Save the Date

  • Nov. 8, Winthrop: 350 Maine Convergence Part 2, Winthrop Center Friends Church,10:00 a.m.- 2:00 p.m. For regional nodes and campaign representatives.
  • Nov. 9, Waterville: 350 Central Maine meeting, upstairs in the Universalist-Unitarian Church, Silver Street, 11:30 a.m.
  • Nov. 9, Portland: Climate Justice VigilCongress Square, noon to 1:00 p.m. Nov. 11, Your phone: Tar Sands Team conference call, 7:00 p.m. Number: 1-213-550-2200; Participant Access Code: 317-1692#
  • Nov. 12, Falmouth: 350 Greater Portland meeting, Friends School, Mackworth Island, 6:00-8:00 p.m. FMI contact Lee.
  • Nov. 16, Belfast: Climate vigil, corner of High and Main Streets, noon to 1:00 p.m. rain or shine. FMI contact Bob.
  • Nov. 30, TBD: Please fill out this Doodle Poll so that the Tar Sands Team can determine where and what time to meet for a face-to-face on Nov. 30: All invited!