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We're supporting local, sustainable agriculture

Maine has so many healthy, local farms, but we import more of our food from out of state than any other state in the continental U.S. Too much of this imported food comes from big factory farms that pollute waterways, foul the air and fuel global warming. We’re working to change this by enabling Maine’s small, sustainable farms to feed more of our state.

News Release | Environment Maine

Portland Mayor, Councilor Endorse Making Portland City Operations Tar Sands-Free

Portland, Maine—Portland Mayor Michael Brennan and City Councilor David Marshall today joined Environment Maine, the Sebago Lake Anglers Association, 350 Maine, NRCM, and others to press for passage of a new policy that would make Maine’s largest city tar sands-free. If Portland passes the policy, the City Council would direct the City Manager not to purchase any oil-based fuels from refineries that process tar sands. The Environmental Performance Policy is intended to minimize the environmental impact of City operations.

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News Release | Environment Maine

Environment Maine Delivers 5,000+ Messages in Final Push to Protect Acadia National Park

Environment Maine delivers over 5,000 messages to the outgoing U.S. Senator Olympia Snowe asking her to protect Acadia National Park before she retires. The messages came from all across Maine – collected at doorsteps, on street corners, and online – and all urged her to ensure that every acre of the park is permanently protected as the capstone on her legacy to Maine.

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Canadian firm may ask to send tar sands oil through region

A Maine environmental group says a Canadian company is seeking to reverse the flow of a major trans-Canada oil pipeline, potentially bringing so-called tar sands oil to New England for export.

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News Release | Environment Maine

Pipeline Application Means “Dirtiest Oil on the Planet” Is Headed to New England’s Doorstep

Canada’s mega-oil pipeline company Enbridge filed an application today to move forward on the reversal of its Line 9 pipeline, likely bringing tar sands oil eastward to Montreal.  If approved, this would open the door to bringing the corrosive tar sands through Ontario, Quebec, and New England for export.  

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News Release | Environment Maine

Wind Energy in Maine Eliminates 400,000 Metric Tons of Global Warming Pollution Annually

With essential federal tax credits for wind energy close to expiring, Environment Maine released a new report today that shows that Maine’s current power generation from wind energy avoids 403,000 metric tons of carbon pollution annually, which is the equivalent of eliminating the carbon pollution from 79,000 of today’s vehicles.  The report also finds that wind energy reduces smog and soot pollution and saves the state immense amounts of water.

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