Bangor Daily News
By
Glen Brand

PORTLAND—As part of a nationwide “Day of Action against Dirty Fuels”, Maine citizens will rally at 11:00 a.m. this Saturday, May 17 in Portland to send a strong message that Mainers do not want dirty tar sands oil in our state, and to urge President Obama to honor his commitment to take action on climate change and reject the Keystone XL pipeline.

Rally speakers, including Portland Mayor Michael Brennan, Phil Coupe of Revision Energy, and representatives from Maine’s environmental community, will talk about the urgency of shifting to clean, renewable energy such as wind, solar and energy efficiency, while rejecting dirty fuels such as tar sands, which could spell game-over for climate change. (The rally comes on the heels of major scientific reports about the severity of climate change threats, from all across the United States to rapidly melting Antarctic ice sheets.)

The Portland rally, co-sponsored by Sierra Club Maine, 350 Maine, Environment Maine, and the Natural Resources Council of Maine (NRCM), is part of the nationwide “Day of Action Against Dirty Fuels” events planned around the nation. Details on these events are available at https://actionnetwork.org/event_campaigns/may-17-national-day-of-action.

Rally attendees are encouraged to park along Park Avenue or in the parking lot behind Fitzpatrick Stadium (accessible from Deering Avenue across from Deering Oaks Park), and to bring reusable shopping bags and support local farmers by shopping at the Farmers’ Market in the park after the rally.

WHAT:

Rally in Portland to Say NO Keystone XL Pipeline and No Tar Sands Oil in Maine

WHERE:

Bandshell in Deering Oaks Park near the pond and the Farmer’s Market, Portland

WHEN:

11: 00 a.m., Saturday, May 17

WHO:

Portland Mayor Michael Brennan

Phil Coupe, Revision Energy

Carol Masterson, Protect South Portland

Glen Brand, Sierra Club

Sarah Lachance, 350 Maine

Emily Figdor, Environment Maine

Dylan Voorhees, NRCM

Please note that visuals will include large banners and protesters holding signs.