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Scarborough lawmakers should back solar bill

The Forecaster February 12, 2018 Letter to the editor from Mark Follansbee on a proposed law that would protect Maine’s solar industry. “New rules, which will be implemented in just a few months, impose an additional fee for using energy that homeowners generate themselves. This undermines the economic incentives for residential-scale solar installations and, in …

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Pass legislation to protect community solar projects in Maine

Portland Press Herald February 9, 2018 Letter to the editor from Mark Follansbee on a proposed bill to protect Maine’s growing solar industry from new fees. “New rules that will be implemented in just a few months impose an additional fee for using energy that homeowners generate themselves. This undermines the economic incentives for residential-scale …

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Trump’s EPA cuts are a threat to clean water

Bangor Daily News January 11, 2018 Op-ed by physician Janis Petzel on the repeal of the Clean Water Rule and proposed cuts to EPA’s budget. “Weakening clean water protections harms Maine and its people. A healthy environment leads to better health from a medical perspective, but it is also the basis for a healthy economy. …

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We can pull ourselves back from the brink of nuclear war

Bangor Daily News December 10, 2017 Op-ed from Peter Wilk, MD and Constance Jordan, MSN, ANP, PMHNP on what we can do to prevent nuclear war. “Mainers are joining in the urgent effort to lead us back from the brink of nuclear catastrophe. A growing group of Maine health professional and religious organizations, including the …

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Maine Voices: Urge Sens. Collins and King to support ban on nuclear weapons

Portland Press Herald July 3, 2017 Maine Voices op-ed, Kathryn E. Bourgoin, M.D. “The right not to be killed by a nuclear weapon is a human right. As a health professional, I believe that nuclear weapons are the greatest threat to human health that we face. That is why I am a member of Physicians …

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Help firefighters by nixing chemicals

Morning Sentinal June 28, 2017 Letter to the editor by Sally Melcher-McKeagney, RN, PSR Maine member. “The only way to reduce exposures to our families and firefighters is to avoid the toxic chemicals completely. Flame retardants in upholstered furniture have no life safety benefit, make fires more dangerous, according to experts, and no state in …

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Maine scientists, academics condemn Trump’s decision on climate accord, see consequences for state

Portland Press Herald June 2, 2017 The Maine Chapter of Physicians for Social Responsibility, which represents more than 3,000 health care professionals and health advocates statewide, also issued a statement that warned withdrawal from the Paris accord “threatens human health in Maine.” “President Trump’s plan to withdraw from the Paris Climate Accord endangers the health …

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Flame retardants an example of better living through chemistry gone awry

Kennebec Journal & Morning Sentinel May 5, 2017 Op-ed by PSR Maine’s Sydney Sewall, MD, MPH. “Both organizations that I represent — the Maine Chapters of Physicians for Social Responsibility and the American Academy of Pediatrics — would urge our legislators to support this bill [to ban chemical flame retardants]. Flame retardants are like the …

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Keep methane waste limits

Bangor Daily News March 23, 2017 LTE, Paul Potvin, MD, PSR Maine Climate Committee. “Now is not the time to go backward and unravel processes that limit the extent of climate change. Rising global temperatures already are causing illness, suffering and death. In Maine, we are seeing the spread of Lyme disease, and as humidity …

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Eating less meat can make a real difference in fighting climate change

Portland Press Herald February 1, 2017 PSR Maine’s ED, Karen D’Andrea comments on how food choices can be a simple and cheap way to fight climate change, article also highlights PSR Maine’s climate food event. “While many of us want to do something, D’Andrea pointed out ‘not all of us can afford to put solar …

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