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Thursday, March 01, 2007

Sustainable Energy Alliance - Presentation on Global Warming Solutions

On Wednesday, March 7th at Christ Church in Kennebunk, Sara Lovitz of the Natural Resources Council of Maine (NRCM) will speak on “Global Warming—Science, Policy, and Solutions” at 7 p.m., Wednesday, March 7, at Christ Church on Dane Street in Kennebunk. Sponsored by the Sustainable Energy Alliance, the event is free and open to the public.

Clean Energy Outreach Coordinator for the NRCM, Lovitz recently trained with Al Gore’s Climate Project. She will discuss the science of global warming, including the predicted and current impacts of changing climate with an emphasis on community- and state-level policy solutions.

Lovitz will also talk about the proposed Power Plant Global Warming bill now under review in the state legislature. The bill, Lovitz notes, “is the most important remaining step in Maine’s Climate Action Plan to reduce global warming pollution.” The bill would allow Maine to join the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI), pronounced “Reggie.”

RGGI is a program of national if not international significance. Based on input by state agencies and stakeholders throughout the Northeast, RGGI sets a limit on the amount of global warming pollution from large fossil fuel-burning power plants in nine Northeastern states, including Maine. For more information about RDDI, click here.

The proposed Power Plant Global Warming Bill would reduce global warming pollution from these plants by nearly 20% by the year 2019. Together the nine states add up to the seventh-largest source of global warming pollution in the world with more than 30% of this pollution coming from dirty power plants. Using a flexible, market-based approach that has already worked to reduce acid rain and ozone, the bill would stimulate economic investment and support both energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies.

Lovitz holds a degree in chemistry from Colby College and an M.S. in Natural Resource Planning from the University of Vermont. She also served as a graduate intern at the Communities and Small-Scale Mining group at the World Bank and has done atmospheric chemistry research at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

The Sustainable Energy Alliance will hold its monthly meeting after Lovitz’s presentation and all are invited to attend.

For more information about the Natural Resources Council of Maine, click here.

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