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  • Producer/Host: Meredith DeFrancesco

    Issue: Environmental and Social Justice

    Program Topic: A New Study on Carbon Dioxide Emissions Mitigation Goals and Climate Action at Court Date for Clean Power Plan

    Key Discussion Points:
    1) Today we speak with the co-author of a new study showing the inadequacy of planned measures for the US to meet their internationally promised carbon dioxide emissions targets to fight climate change.
    2) Last week, the US Circuit Court of Appeals in DC heard arguments in a suit aimed to stop the US EPA from implementing the so-called “Clean Power Plan” under the Clean Air Act. The plan is designed to reduce the power sector’s carbon emissions to 32% below 2005 levels. 27 states and a number of coal companies are suing the EPA to stop the plan.
    3) Today we speak with Dawn Neptune Adams, who was on a delegation with the People’s Action Network to DC to participate in related climate actions with her daughter.

    Guests:
    Max Lei, Lawrence Berkley National Laboratory, co-author of study “Assessment of the Climate Commitments and Additional Mitigation Policies of the United States”, published in Nature Climate Change
    Dawn Neptune Adams, Penobscot Tribe, Peoples Action Network delegate to DC

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  • Producer/Host: Meredith DeFrancesco

    Issue: Environmental and Social Justice

    Program Topic: Juniper Ridge Landfill Expansion Public Forum

    Key Discussion Points:
    1) On Tuesday, October 18th, Maine’s Board of Environmental Protection will hold a public hearing on the renewed attempt to expand the Juniper Ridge Landfill in Old Town, which is sate owned, but run by Casella Waste Systems. Casella and the State are looking to double the size of Juniper Ridge.
    2) On September 27th, opponents of the landfill expansion held an informational forum at the Old Town high school. Organizers say it is usual for applicants of major projects, such as this, would be expected to hold a public information session. As Casella and the Bureau of General Services did not, local activist held their own forum.
    There has been long opposition to the expansion of the landfill, including for it’s impact on water, it’s impact on local communities, including the Penobscot Nation, and the state’s operational policy to avoid restrictions to take out of state waste by minimal processing that re-classifies it as in state waste.
    3) The Board of Environmental Protection will hold it’s public hearing on Tuesday, October 18th at the Cross Insurance Center in Bangor. Starting at 9am applicants and intervenors will present. At 6pm the public may comment. Written comments are accepted until October 19th.

    Guests:
    Ed Spencer, Old Town resident and intervenor
    Sarah Lakeman, Natural Resources Council of Maine
    Cheryl Spencer, Old Town Resident
    Paul Schroeder, Old Town resident
    other participants

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  • Producer/Host: Meredith DeFrancesco

    Issue: Environmental and Social Justice

    Program Topic: Nurses Win Safe Staffing Measures, Guatemala’s Historic War Crimes Trial, Guatemalan Lote Ocho Mining Case

    Key Discussion Points:
    1)Today we speak with a representative of the Maine State Nurses Association/National Nurses United. This week nurses at Maine Coast Memorial Hospital in Ellsworth finally won the inclusion of safe staffing criteria in their contract with management.
    2) And we speak with independent journalist, Lawrence Reichard about his recent coverage of the historic Sepur Zarco war crimes trail in Guatemala;
    3) and another human rights case, Lote Ocho, currently being brought by a Guatemalan woman against the Canadian mining company Hud Bay Mineral, Inc, for rape murder allegedly committed by mine security personnel.

    Guests:
    A) Vanessa Sylvester, Maine Sate Nurses Association/National Nurses United
    B) Lawrence Reichard, independent journalist, contributor to WERU FM, The Progressive, Counterpunch and columnist, “Bricks and Mortars”, published in Republican Journal, Camden Herald, Rockand Courier Gazette and VillageSoup.com.

    www.progressive.org/news/2016/05/188718/gary-tyler%E2%80%99s-long-road-justice

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  • Producer/Host: Meredith DeFrancesco

    Issue: Environmental and Social Justice

    Program Topic: The Penobscot Nation Appeals River Case and the Legislature Passes Solar Energy Bill LD 1649, But Still Needs a Larger Margin to Override Veto

    Key Discussion Points:
    1) This week, the Penobscot Nation, and the US Department of Justice, filed to appeal a US District Court decision that supports the State Of Maine’s efforts to sever the Tribe’s ties to the Penobscot River within their territory.
    2) This past December, US District Court Judge George Singal decided on the highly controversial and historic case, Penobscot Nation v Janet Mills, Attorney General for the State of Maine. Despite state claims to the contrary, he affirmed that the Penobscot Tribe does have sustenance fishing rights in the Penobscot River, surrounding their reservation’s 200 islands. But on the issue of the river itself, he sided with the State, who claims the Tribe’s territory includes the islands, but not the Penobscot River which surrounds it.
    3) Last week, the Maine Legislature passed LD 1649, An Act to Modernize Maine Solar Power Policy and Encourage Economic Development, but not by a large enough margin to stop Governor LePage’s promised veto. A second vote expected on next Friday, the 29th,provides one more chance for an override.

    Guests:
    Kirk Francis, Chief of Penobscot Nation
    Vaughn Woodruff, Insource Renewables

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  • Producer/Host: Meredith DeFrancesco

    Issue: Environmental and Social Justice

    Program Topic: Public Hearing on LD 1649 An Act to Modernize Maine Solar Power Policy and Encourage Economic Development

    Key Discussion Points:
    1) Today we hear excerpts from yesterday’s public hearing on LD 1649 An Act to Modernize Maine Solar Power Policy and Encourage Economic Development before the legislature’s Joint Committee3 on energy Utilities and Technology.
    2) LD 1649 is the product of a long negotiation of stakeholders, including solar installers, electric power companies (Central Maine Power and Emera Maine), the State Office of the Public Advocate, and environmental organizations.
    3) Maine lags far behind other states in the region in solar power, much of this attributed to the lack of supportive public policy and consequent financial support.

    Guests:
    Pete Lafond, Falmouth
    Joe Hardy, Wells
    Brooks Winter, Island Institute
    Julie Rosenbach, Sustainability coordinator, South Portland
    Glenn Brand, Sierra Club Maine
    Kimberly Darling, Falmouth
    Nancy Smith,Grow Smart
    Vaughn Woodruff, Insource Renewables

    legislature.maine.gov/bills/testimony.html?snum=127&PID=1456#
    legislature.maine.gov/bills/display_ps.asp?PID=1456&snum=127&paper=HP1120

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  • Producer/Host: Meredith DeFrancesco

    Issue: Environmental and Social Justice

    Program Topic: LD 1649 An Act to Modernize Maine Solar Power Policy and Encourage Economic Development

    Key Discussion Points:
    1) LD 1649 An Act to Modernize Maine Solar Power Policy and Encourage Economic Development is the product of a long negotiation of stakeholders, including solar installers, electric power companies (Central Maine Power and Emera Maine), the State Office of the Public Advocate, and environmental organizations.
    2) Maine lags far behind other states in the region in solar power, much of this attributed to the lack of supportive public policy and consequent financial support.
    3) The proposed LD 1649 would restructure net metering and expand opportunities for community solar projects.

    Guest:
    Vaughn Woodruff, Insource Renewables

    www.insourcerenewables.com/

    legislature.maine.gov/bills/display_ps.asp?PID=1456&snum=127&paper=HP1120

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  • Producer/Host: Meredith DeFrancesco

    Issue: Environmental and Social Justice

    Program Topic: A Climate to Thrive: Mount Desert Island moves towards energy independence by 2030

    Key Discussion Points:
    1) On January 24th, MDI Climate Solutions kicked off A Climate to Thrive, a local initiative whose goal is to move Mount Desert Island to energy independence by 2030.
    2) Over 200 people attended the event on January 24th, and have divided the work going further into seven tracks, covering solar energy, other alternative energy, conservation and building, transportation, waste, local food and policy.
    3) The project will have a particular focus on solar power, building on the current solar initiatives on Mount Desert Island. This will include more solar farms and arrays for residential and municipal purposes, and discount purchasing of solar panels through pooled buying.

    Guests:
    Gary Friedmann, Bar Harbor town councilor, climate activist, A Climate to Thrive advisory board
    aclimatetothrive.wordpress.com/
    www.facebook.com/AClimatetoThrive/?fref=nf
    www.revisionenergy.com/events

    Johannah Blackman, program manager for A Climate to Thrive
    aclimatetothrive@gmail.com

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  • Producer/Host: Meredith DeFrancesco

    Issue: Environmental and Social Justice

    Program Topic: The Climate Change Institute and Reversing Falls Sanctuary’s Speaker Series on Climate Change

    Key Discussion Points:

    1) The Reversing Falls Sanctuary in Brooksville has begun it’s Lenten speaker series, called “Caring for the Earth, Our Common Home”, most specifically focusing on climate change. It kicked off last Sunday and will run weekly through March 20th.

    2) We interview last week’s speaker, Dr Paul Mayewski, director of the Climate Change Institute and professor at the University of Maine, Orono.

    3) The Reversing Falls Sanctuary is spearheading or involved with a number of local initiatives, including a green house project, participation in a state wide weatherization initiative (“Window Dressers” ), development of the Brooksville Community Solar Farm and work in the Transition Towns movement.

    Guests:
    Dr Paul Mayewski, director of the Climate Change Institute, professor at University of Maine, Orono.
    climatechange.umaine.edu/

    Anne and Tony Ferrara, Reversing Falls Sanctuary and RFS Community Climate Change Initiative
    reversingfalls.org/2016-lenten-series-caring-earth-our-common-home

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