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Rally to keep the Northeast tar sands free

From the Maine chapter of the Sierra Club:

Rally for a tar sands free Northeast — January 26 in Portland

Imagine how devastating an oil spill into the Connecticut River would be. Picture dirty tar sands oil pouring into Sebago Lake or Casco Bay. We’ve seen what happens when tar sands pipelines spill, and it’s . . . → Read More: Rally to keep the Northeast tar sands free

Connecting CAFO to climate destruction

The factory farms that produce most of America’s meat, eggs and dairy products have an seriously negative impact on global warming, air and water pollution, and antibiotic over-use. The article quoted below argues Why We Need Labels on Factory-Farmed Food.

A growing number of organic consumers, natural health advocates and climate hawks are taking a . . . → Read More: Connecting CAFO to climate destruction

The Film “Living Downstream” to be shown at York Library on Jan. 18

In honor of the 50th anniversary of the publication of Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring, “York Reads! One Book, One Community” presents the film Living Downstream as part of the “Sense of Wonder, Sense of Place: Experiencing the Life and Legacy of Rachel Carson” yearlong program series. (This film features contemporary concerns about suspected links between . . . → Read More: The Film “Living Downstream” to be shown at York Library on Jan. 18

Herbicide Use in Genetically Engineered Crops Rising, Says Study

Although not energy-related, this may be of interest to health- and environmentally-conscious readers.

Many people don’t realize how many of our U.S. commercial crops are genetically modified (GMO) or that these crops have been modified primarily to survive large and frequent applications of herbicides. From the Washington State University College of Agricultural, Human and Natural . . . → Read More: Herbicide Use in Genetically Engineered Crops Rising, Says Study

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

Tar Sands Pipelines Are Even Worse Than You Think

Given that there are plans underway to pump tar-sands oil through a Maine pipeline from Montreal to South Portland, this issue should raise alarms in the state. The oil industry’s history of catastrophic damage is cause for much concern.

In 2010, more than 30 miles of the Kalamazoo River was transformed into an environmental disaster . . . → Read More: Tar Sands Pipelines Are Even Worse Than You Think

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

Keystone XML a bad deal for America

Although the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline appeared to be put on hold recently, there are special interests working to slip it in the back door, despite all the problems that it would bring. Some in Congress are trying to force approval of the KXL Pipeline in exchange for the payroll tax cut extension. The . . . → Read More: Keystone XML a bad deal for America

Innovators in Maine Have Plans to Power the Entire State with Offshore Wind

An article in the conservative Forbes magazine website maintains that our country does not have to “accept dirtier and dirtier and riskier and riskier solutions to fulfilling our energy needs.”

What are we waiting for to get to the really innovative ideas? There must be solutions with less severe tradeoffs than shale gas and tar . . . → Read More: Innovators in Maine Have Plans to Power the Entire State with Offshore Wind

Hard Plastic Bottles, Reborn as a Bridge

A recently-built bridge in York was constructed from more environmentally friendly materials. From the Dec. 2, 2011 New York Times:

The town of York, Me., is putting up what could be a bridge to a better future, not because of it where it goes but because of what it is made of: plastic.

Plastic . . . → Read More: Hard Plastic Bottles, Reborn as a Bridge

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

A disaster in the making

A powerful message from Robert Redford summarizing the dangers of the proposed tar sands oil pipeline.

Learn more and take action at the NRDC website.

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