Today, May 7th, LD 1085: An Act To Establish the Renewable Energy Feed-in Tariff is being considered in a Work Session by the Energy, Utilities and Technology Committee in Augusta starting @ 1 pm.
And WE NEED YOU!
The greatest need – and value – is with in-person attendance at the Work Session. However, any contact with decision makers and other resources would be greatly appreciated.
Please see additional information via this link
350 Maine needs your help supporting more clean energy in Maine so we can keep tar sands where it belongs: in the ground.
There are two important meetings in Augusta this week we want you to know about and attend if you can.
Public Hearing for a Moratorium on Tar Sands Oil in Maine (LD 1362)
WHEN: Monday, May 6 at 9 AM
WHERE: Room 216 of the Cross Building in Augusta
WHAT: This is your opportunity to testify against tar sands before the Environment and Natural Resources committee. (More info)
Renewable Energy Work Session for Feed In Tariff (LD 1085)
WHEN: Tuesday, May 7 at 1 PM
WHERE: Room 211 of the Cross Building in Augusta
WHAT: The Energy committee will decide what to do with seven renewable energy bills, including LD 1085, the feed-in tariff bill, will make clean energy more affordable for everyone in Maine. We may or may not have the chance to speak during the work session, depending on the needs of the committee, but our presence will encourage them to pass LD 1085.
That’s just a taste of what’s going on and as the summer heats up (literally) expect to hear (and see) a lot more from 350 Maine. Come on out… and we might just make Maine a little a cleaner, a lot healthier economically, and a whole lot more environmentally responsible.
Saturday, May 11th, from 9 am – 12 noon
We will be meeting at the Durham Friends Meeting House in Durham to hold our first ever 350 Maine Tar Sands Team Meeting.
With 350.org encouraging activism across the country related to their “Summer Heat” actions, 350 Maine is getting organized in full support. The risk of Tar Sands Oil flowing into New England, past Sebago Lake and out to Casco Bay reinforces the importance of taking on this particularly extreme fossil fuel.The Saturday Meeting will be an opportunity for people to strengthen opposition – and to develop specific strategies, tactics and campaigns – in confronting Tar Sands Oil. Please identify your interest in participating in the Team Meeting by completing this brief
We will be in touch with you with additional information related to the Meeting.
350 Maine has had significant success – especially through the efforts of our Public Policy Team – with increasing attention and attendance to legislation and hearings in Augusta. With particular attention to clean energy and the Feed In Tariff legislation, bills related to Open Pit/Mountaintop Removal Mining and hearings attending to the East West Corridor and energy efficiency, 350 Maine supporters have really stepped up.
And there is more to be done. Please consider:
Location: Joint Standing Committee on Environment and Natural Resources, Room 216, Cross State Office Building. Additional information here. Car Pool information here.
Location: Committee on Energy, Utilities and Technology, Room 211, Cross Building. Additional information here. Car Pool information here.
- Soon: LD 1461, legislation related to Divesting the Maine Public Employees Retirement System from Fossil Fuels will be considered. Sign this Petition in support.
Remember: you can “be there” (virtually) via the audio streaming of legislative activities. And be sure to be in touch with your legislator. Given anticipated crowding, early arrival strongly recommended.
On Thursday, May 2, 2012, activists, supported by 350 Maine, gathered in front of the corporate offices of the Portland Pipe Line Corporation at 30 Hill Street in South Portland, Maine.
This event was one of many across the country in solidarity with the Red Lake Band of Chippewa – who are actively protesting Enbridge Inc.’s lack of easements across their tribal territory.
Though Enbridge does not have pipelines in Maine, a reversal of their pipelines could bring toxic Tar Sands oil into New England via the ExxonMobil pipeline (from Montreal to South Portland).
Thanks to Diane Messer for organizing this effort. The Portland Pipe Line Corporation did not respond to our requests for a conversation about our concerns. Thanks to the South Portland Police Department who, other than requesting that we “keep off of the grass”*, allowed us to peacefully assemble.
See this recent story - and this one – for additional information…and this link for further details.
* the irony was not lost on us as we considered asking the police to ensure that the Portland Pipe Line Corp. stays off of OUR grass. And, despite a sign suggesting many days (apparently inaccurate) “…without a Recordable Injury”, we think Our Planet might disagree…
350 Maine is committed to ACTivism…in many forms.
Recently, we have had significant success with engaging on the political level – notably with the numerous legislative hearings and activities taking place in Augusta.
Though challenging for our developing “organization”, those of us committed to confronting climate change – and the far-too-numerous assaults on Our Environment – realize that “it’s all political”…and local…and personal.
350 Maine (i.e., YOU!) will continue to develop optimal communication and response processes to ensure effective attention to the many priorities we confront. But we need your assistance. A financial donation is always appreciated. More importantly, we need you to engage…with us, your legislators, with each other.
There are numerous links here to assist you in that regard. For those of you who can’t make trips to Augusta (the all important “Absent Activist”), you can be there virtually (see this link for audio streaming of hearings). We do try to support carpooling through our developing Carpool Messaging Boards. And we continue to develop mechanisms to support your communication with elected officials via Talking Points, web and Facebook postings and reminders, Suggested Letters, etc. If you are interested in being involved in these efforts, please be in touch.
See below for current legislative activities deserving of your attention. And thank you for all that you do…
Recently, we’ve been attentive to two key legislative issues – having packed the room at hearings in support of clean energy and in opposition to Open Pit Mountaintop Removal Mining. We intend to keep you up to date with efforts – and appreciate feedback from you. Let’s keep our eye on – and be in touch with your individual legislators about:
- Clean energy (including the Feed-in Tariff):
- Mountaintop Removal (if nothing else, sign this easy-to-complete Petition)
And here’s what’s next (and now!):
Monday, May 6: 9AM
LD 1362: “Resolve, To Establish a Moratorium on the Transportation of Tar Sands”
before the Joint Standing Committee on Environment and Natural Resources Room 216, Cross State Office Building Given anticipated crowding, early arrival strongly recommended. Car Pool Info here:
Tuesday, May 7, 2013 1:00 PM, Cross Building, Room 211
Committee on Energy, Utilities and Technology Work Session on
L.D. 1085 An Act To Establish the Renewable Energy Feed-in Tariff
Soon: legislation related to Divesting the Maine Public Employees Retirement System from Fossil Fuels will be considered; sign this Petition in support.
Remember: you can “be there” (virtually) via the audio streaming of legislative activities. And be sure to be in touch with your legislator.
We need you to help us stop the East West Corridor from dividing – and destroying – Maine. Please join us in Augusta (and contact state legislators if you can’t) on Tuesday April 30th @ 1 pm. Please see this link for additional information – including carpooling options.
NO CORRIDOR. NO COMPROMISE!
On Monday, April 29th, the Maine State Environment and Natural Resources Committee is considering legislation related to open pit mining in Maine. See this link for additional information about this issue.
In addition to contacting your state legislators (Committee member contact information here; information for contacting your legislator here), please sign this Petition.
Thanks to all who participated in supporting clean energy in Maine – including via legislation to enhance investment in renewables & the Feed-In Tariff process.
More information will be shared soon – including as we prepare for the next phase of the legislative process – and we NEED YOU!