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Our mission is to respond to the global warming crisis by promoting energy efficiency, alternative energy, and environmental initiatives throughout the town of York, Maine.
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Public Meltdown: The Story of the Vermont Yankee Nuclear Power Plant

Benjamin Plotzker, a University of Vermont undergraduate researcher in the Environmental Program, thought that readers of this blog would be interested in learning about a book highlighting a state legislature’s rights and the future of energy in the continental United States.

In 2010, Vermont legislators voted to shutter a nuclear power plant, putting the state . . . → Read More: Public Meltdown: The Story of the Vermont Yankee Nuclear Power Plant

While Colorado burns, Washington fiddles

Bill McKibben points to the recent rash of drought, heat waves, wildfires, storms, and floods as evidence that climate change is, in fact, already happening. But he maintains that “the real disaster is our Big Energy-owned politicians’ inaction.”

You ever wonder what global warming is going to look like? In its early stages, exactly like . . . → Read More: While Colorado burns, Washington fiddles

Home Energy Efficiency workshop – what we learned

On Tuesday, May 15, the York Adult Ed and the York Energy Efficiency Committee sponsored an informational home energy workshop, facilitated by Wayne Boardman. Participants got to hear directly from some experts in the field, specifically:

Ann Goggin, Program Administrator of the Seacoast Energy Initiative – http://www.seacoastenergy.org/ George Gendron, construction and weatherization contractor and certified . . . → Read More: Home Energy Efficiency workshop – what we learned

A 50-year plan for energy

Amory Lovins has sometimes been accused of having excessive techno-optimism. However, you can judge for yourself by watching this intriguing 27-minute presentation.

If you are having trouble with the embedded video, you can go to the TED.com site of the talk at http://www.ted.com/talks/lang/en/amory_lovins_a_50_year_plan_for_energy.html.

Amory Lovins is the Cofounder, Chairman and Chief Scientist at the . . . → Read More: A 50-year plan for energy

Selectmen candidate’s positions on energy efficiency

Greetings Everyone,

Late last week, a number of members contacted me about the candidates for Selectmen and their positions on energy efficiency in town. I came up with a list of questions and emailed Jon Speers, Mary Andrews and Ray McMahon. (Ron Nowell doesn’t have an email address apparently).

Jon Speers was the only candidate . . . → Read More: Selectmen candidate’s positions on energy efficiency

Game Over for the Climate?

James Hansen, director of the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies and author of Storms of My Grandchildren, makes an empassioned plea to say “No” to the Keystone XL pipeline and the Canadian tar sands.

Hansen explains how if we exploited the vast carbon stores contained in the tar sands and other deposits, “Sea levels . . . → Read More: Game Over for the Climate?

Mount Agamenticus to the Sea initiative would benefit from LMF bond

From a MPBN.net news story broadcast on May 14, 2012:

Among the projects that would benefit from the LMF bond is a conservation initiative known as “Mount A2Sea,” short for Mount Agamenticus to the Sea. The aim of the program is to protect a network of connected natural resources within a 48,000 acre area of . . . → Read More: Mount Agamenticus to the Sea initiative would benefit from LMF bond

Should we be allowed to know what’s in our food?

Food columnist for the New York Times, Mark Bittman, talks about industry resistance to labeling American food.

Democracy. Are we entitled to know what goes in our food? The answer’s easy, but Big Food thinks it’s “no.” It’s not just ammonia in beef, it’s arsenic and antibiotics – banned antibiotics at that, and Prozac and . . . → Read More: Should we be allowed to know what’s in our food?

Energy efficiency pays

In a Feb. 25, 2012 editorial in the Portland Press Herald, Beth Nagursky argues that Maine is underinvesting in energy efficiency.

Our cheapest energy source is, and always has been, energy efficiency. The good news is that, as energy prices climb, significant opportunities remain to cut energy use in homes and businesses that are leaky . . . → Read More: Energy efficiency pays

Protecting the ocean from lawns

Well, the problem is not lawns themselves but the overuse of fertilizers and pesticides on lawns, which can eventually run off into fragile waterways. A group in York is looking to protect our local river and ocean ecosystems.

YORK — Protecting lobsters and the ocean from the harms of pesticides and lawn chemicals is the . . . → Read More: Protecting the ocean from lawns

Land as a commodity

From Aldo Leopold, the legendary American author, scientist, ecologist, forester, and environmentalist:

We abuse land because we regard it as a commodity belonging to us. When we see land as a community to which we belong, we may begin to use it with love and respect. —  Aldo Leopold

Maine Clean Energy Initiative aiming for November 2012 ballot

A coalition calling itself Maine Citizens for Clean Energy is gathering signatures to for a ballot initiative that would mandate that Maine’s electrical utilities “get 20 percent of their power from renewable energy sources by 2020.” From the Oct. 27, 2011 Bangor Daily News:

Six years before Maine utility companies are required to get at . . . → Read More: Maine Clean Energy Initiative aiming for November 2012 ballot

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