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  • Producer/Host: Meredith DeFrancesco

    Issue: Environmental and Social Justice

    Key Discussion Points:

    a) Hundreds demonstrated at the Conference of the New England Governors and Eastern Canadian Premiers in Burlinton, VT July 31st . In the early evening, when a smaller group attempted to peacefully block the road, Burlington police used rubber and pepper bullets against them point blank.

    b) Inside the Hilton Hotel conference, the New England Governors, Eastern Premiers and their energy consultants meet on, among other things, what they call “building a clean and cost effective energy future for the Northeast”.

    c) Outside, activists from all around the Northeast converged to underscore their opposition to the local and global impacts of a number of proposed regional energy projects. These include Quebec’s $80 billion resource extraction and energy development “Plan Nord” project; the so-called Northern Pass transmission plan to bring energy from Quebec through New Hampshire to New England markets; the proposed private East West Highway which would link Quebec and the Martimes through Maine; and the Trailbreaker pipeline, which is in the process of being reversed to bring tar sands oil from eastern Canada to Portland, Maine, for shipping. Activists from the Innu in Quebec to Mainers living along the the Trailbreaker Pipeline spoke of the community and environmental impacts of these initiatives, including climate change.

    A) Demonstrators from Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Occupy NYC and more
    B) Elyse Vollant, Innu First Nations delegation, from Maliotenam indigenous community in Quebec
    C) Bill Mckibben, 350.org


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  • Producer/Host: Amy Browne
    Program Topics: Segment 1: Environmentalists Issue New Report on Tar Sands Pipeline in Maine; Segment 2: Penobscot Nation Receives Maine Initiatives Award

    Key Discussion Points:
    a) Portland-Montreal pipeline
    b) Tar sands
    c) Penobscot Nation


    Dylan Voorhees, Clean Energy & Global Warming Project Director, Natural Resources Council of Maine (www.nrcm.org)

    Recorded audio from Maine Initiatives Awards, featuring John Dieffenbacher-Krall, Penobscot Nation Chief Kirk Francis and Natural Resources Director John Banks (www.penobscotnation.org, www.maineinitiatives.org)
    (Audio recorded by: Matt Murphy)
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  • Producer/Host: Meredith DeFrancesco

    Program Topic: Unprecedented rains in El Salvador; the Nov 6th action to surround the White House in opposition to the Keystone XL Tar Sands pipeline; Occupy Bangor

    Key Discussion Points:
    The effects of unprecedented rains in El Salvador and the connection to global climate change
    The proposed Keystone XL tar Sands pipeline from Alberta, Canada to Texas, and it’s potential to exacerbate climate change
    Occupy Bangor before it’s kick off

    Jan Morril, US El Salvador Sister Cities
    Andy Burt, Maine Partners for Coll Communities
    Sunny Hughs, Occupy Bangor

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  • Producer/Host: Meredith DeFrancesco

    Topics: UN Climate Talks, Tar Sands- IEN, Arctic- Indigenous

    Today we hear two interviews recorded at the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change this month in Cancun, Mexico. We talk with Melina Laboucan-Massino from the Indigenous Environmental Network on the effects massive tar sands extraction has on the people and environment in Canada; and we hear from Patricia Cochran, the director of the Alaskan Native Science Commission and the co-chair of the Indigenous Peoples Network on Climate Change and Sustainable Development.

    What are the environmental and health effects in indigenous and other communities in Canada from tar sands extraction?What is the effect of sea level rise on indigenous communities in Alaska? What were some of the issues and results of the UNFCCC meetings in Cancun , Mexico?

    Melina Laboucan-Massino, the Indigenous Environmental Network www.ienearth.org
    Patricia Cochran, the director of the Alaskan Native Science Commission and the co-chair of the Indigenous Peoples Network on Climate Change and Sustainable Development.

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