Maine Interfaith Power & Light

Special Event on Mountaintop Coal Mining

Brunswick  -  7pm Thursday, April 5th

Defending the Clean Air Act

For too long polluters have put profits ahead of health and the public good.  Now the EPA is implementing long overdue rules that will clean up our air.   This is especially important here in Maine, where high asthma rates among children and many other health problems are the result of dirty air coming from power generating plants to our south and west.  A pending "Cross State Air Pollution Rule" will help Mainers breathe easier, and a long overdue final "Mercury and Air Toxics" standard will finally rid us of this dangerous power plant pollutant. But the Clean Air Act is under attack in Congress and needs your support.

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Tar Sands Oil

Tar sands oil from Alberta is extracted using huge amounts of energy.  The mining process destroys wildlife habitat, polluting air, land and water.   Between 50 - 400 thousand birds have already died due to this dirty mining process, many landing in toxic tailings ponds containing mine waste. Corrosive tar sands oil has to be heated and diluted to be pumped through aging pipeline networks, one of which could potentially bring this sticky bitumen product to Maine.  A recent spill impacted thirty miles of the Kalamazoo River in Michigan and is taking years to clean up.

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A land rush is under way in Pennsylvania, New York and elsewhere, as energy companies seek new sites to drill for natural gas.  The technology is far from perfect as this informational review of two books points out, and careful regulation of the extraction process is badly needed.  Bill McKibben takes a hard look here:

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