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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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  • Producer/Host: Steve Kahl
    Engineer: John Greenman

    Issue: Alternative Energy

    Program Topic: Sustainability

    Key Discussion Points:
    a) climate change
    b) state energy policy
    c) federal tax credit

    Guest: Dylan Voorhees, Clean Energy Director

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  • Producer/Host: Meredith DeFrancesco
    Issue: Environmental and Social Justice

    Program Topic: A new initiative to move Mount Desert Island towards energy independence by 2030.

    Key Discussion Points:
    1) Today we look at an unflinching local initiative to address climate change. A new organization, MDI Climate Solutions has set a goal to move Mount Desert Island towards fossil fuel free energy by 2030.
    2) The “Climate to Thrive” initiative will be launched on January 24th at a public event from 3-6pm at the Neighborhood House in Northeast Harbor. This will include looking at a vast expansion of solar power on the island.
    3) We also look towards the Alliance for a Common Good’s 4th Annual Rally of Unity next week in Augusta.

    Guests:
    A) Gary Friedman, Bar Harbor town councilor; climate activist
    aclimatetothrive.wordpress.com/
    www.facebook.com/AClimatetoThrive/?fref=nf
    www.revisionenergy.com/events/a-climate-to-thrive-launch-event/

    B) Larry Dansinger, Alliance for a Common Good

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  • Producer/Host: Amy Browne
    Engineer: Joel Mann

    While the world focuses on the climate talks in Paris, here in Maine people are taking things into their own hands, working together with their neighbors to reduce their carbon footprints and influence energy policy. A few weeks ago Maine Currents featured the Bangor chapters of 350.org and Citizen’s Climate Lobby. Today we’re talking with members of the Sierra Club of Maine, and taking your calls to hear what you are doing (or think should be done) about this issue.

    Guests:
    Glen Brand, Director, Maine Chapter of the Sierra Club
    Nancy Chandler, Sierra Club Climate Action Team- Phippsburg
    Marty Fox, Sierra Club Climate Action Team- Wiscasset
    Miriam Rubin, Chair of the Climate Action Team Advisory Committee

    FMI: www.sierraclub.org/maine/maine-climate-action-teams

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  • Producer/Host: Amy Browne

    Representatives from local chapters of 350.org and Citizens Climate Lobby spoke at the University of Maine last week about “Citizen Responses to Climate Change”. The panelists were Lyndy Rohman, cofounder of the Bangor chapter of Citizens Climate Lobby(CCL); Tim Godaire, a graduate student at UMaine’s Climate Change Institute and member of Citizens Climate Lobby; Glen Koehler, who also works with CCL in Bangor; and Hendrik Gideonse from 350 Bangor/350 Maine. They talked about what drew them to climate change activism and what each group is doing to address the issue.

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  • Producer/Host: Amy Browne

    (Part 2 of 2) Rockland 2015 is starting to sound a bit like Searsport 2012. A large out of state corporation has spun off a local-sounding LLC – Rockland Energy Center Limited Liability Corporation – and is proposing to build a gas plant in the city. Few specifics have been released, leaving Rockland residents with many unanswered questions. “Renew Rockland”, a group that describes itself as “local residents who have come together to respond to changing energy needs and concerns about our local environment” compiled unanswered questions collected at the few previous meetings where this issue has been discussed, and held a forum last week to try to address them. Panelists at the forum on “Rockland’s Energy Future” had expertise in engineering gas plants, alternative energy, climate change and health. The resulting discussion has implications far beyond Rockland.

    Addendum: On Friday of last week the Bangor Daily News reported that city administrators met with representatives of the gas company on October 27th, just 2 days before this forum took place. As you’ll recall if you listened to part 1 of this special, one of the 1st questions that we asked at the forum was when was the last time the gas company was in contact with the city. City Councilor Larry Pritchett (who also serves on the city’s energy committee) responded “I think if you say ‘in contact’ you know, there’s been questions to city staff. There hasn’t been anything that looks like negotiations.” Stephen Betts of the BDN reported that the assistant city manager said city officials met with Rockland Energy on October 27th “to relay the concerns citizens had about issues such as emissions and noise. [The Asst City Mgr] said the city also informed the company that when it does submit its formal plans, the city will be hiring an independent party to review the proposal. She said the city would expect Rockland Energy Center to pay for that cost, and the company is amenable to that arrangement.” We asked City Councilor Larry Pritchett about this apparent discrepancy earlier today and he said he was unaware of the October 27th meeting and questioned the accuracy of the date as reported in the BDN. We attempted to reach the BDN reporter to confirm, but as of air time haven’t heard back. We’ll continue to follow up on this story.

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  • Producer/Host: Amy Browne

    Rockland 2015 is starting to sound a bit like Searsport 2012. A large out of state corporation has spun off a local-sounding LLC – Rockland Energy Center Limited Liability Corporation – and is proposing to build a gas plant in the city. Few specifics have been released, leaving Rockland residents with many unanswered questions. “Renew Rockland”, a group that describes itself as “local residents who have come together to respond to changing energy needs and concerns about our local environment” compiled unanswered questions collected at the few previous meetings where this issue has been discussed, and held a forum last week to try to address them. Panelists at the forum on “Rockland’s Energy Future” had expertise in engineering gas plants, alternative energy, climate change and health. The resulting discussion has implications far beyond Rockland. In a 2 part special, this week and next, we’ll take you there.

    FMI: www.facebook.com/renewthemidcoast/?fref=ts

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