TBNT honored with 2013 Environmental Award at NRCM annual meeting in Portland

Oct. 16 meeting will be followed by climate change discussion featuring leading climate scientist Dr. Michael E. Mann
Posted:  Wednesday, October 16, 2013 - 11:30am

PORTLAND — Searsport's citizen-activist group, Thanks But No Tank, is being honored by the Natural Resources Council of Maine at its annual meeting in Portland today. One of this year's 2013 Environmental Award recipients, the group is receiving NRCM's People's Choice Award for its work to protect Penobscot Bay communities from the potential impact of a large LPG tank

Thanks But No Tank (TBNT) is a grassroots coalition of residents and small business owners living and working in the Searsport region that sought to support, protect, and maintain the region's economy, environment, scenic character, and quality of life. TBNT members were concerned with the safety and security impacts of the proposed DCP Midstream LPG Tank and Terminal; the associated truck, ship and rail traffic, as well as the excessive light, visual, noise, and air pollution that would adversely and unduly affect their homes, businesses, environment, and quality of life. TBNT's efforts provided information and actions that significantly contributed to the denial of permits by the Searsport Planning Board earlier this year.

TBNT was also recently honored by the Maine Chapter of the Sierra Club with its Grassroots Leadership Award at the organization's 20th Anniversary party in Rockland on September 14.

The NRCM meeting at the University of Southern Maine will be followed by "A Conversation about Climate," which will include a panel discussion featuring one of the world's leading climate scientists, Michael Mann. He will be joined by entrepreneur/lobsterman John Ready of Ready Seafood Company and natural resources economist Tom Tietenberg. 

Dr. Mann is Distinguished Professor of Meteorology and director of the Earth System Science Center at Penn State University. He was a lead author on the Observed Climate Variability and Change chapter of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Third Scientific Assessment Report in 2001. He has received numerous honors and awards, including selection by Scientific American as one of the fifty leading visionaries in science and technology in 2002. Mann is author of more than 160 peer-reviewed and edited publications, and has published two books including "Dire Predictions: Understanding Global Warming" in 2008 and "The Hockey Stick and the Climate Wars: Dispatches from the Front Lines" in 2012. He is also a co-founder and avid contributor to the award-winning science website RealClimate.org.

Moderated by Lisa Pohlmann, NRCM Executive Director, the panel will address the risks climate change poses to Maine's wildlife, people, and economy, and what can be done at the state, regional, and federal levels to limit it, including reducing carbon pollution from power plants.

Other citizen activists being honored at today's meeting include Paul Bisulca, former Penobscot Nation Tribal Representative to the Legislature, for his work to protect the alewives of the St. Croix River; and Citizens from Maine's Lakes Region to South Portland, who have fought to protect their communities from a tar sands oil pipeline.