August E-News


A Win for Offshore Wind!

At the bitter end of the Maine legislature, LD 1895 “An Act Regarding the Procurement of Energy from Offshore Wind Resources” passed through both chambers in the wee hours of July 26 and was signed into law by Governor Mills the following day. Offshore wind is critical to Maine meeting its clean energy goals. The bill aims for the development of offshore wind in the Gulf of Maine all the while maintaining good-paying jobs for Maine workers. 


Oppenheimer and other anti-nuclear advocacy updates

Thank you, Maine Veterans For Peace, for sharing this wonderful photo and summary of just some of the work accomplished while the Golden Rule was in Maine. PSR Maine and ally organizations are continuing to pursue additional Maine communities interested in supporting these resolutions. If interested in helping to have your municipality join the movement, email us at  


We invite members of the community to a 25 minute film "Making Waves" about the Veterans for Peace restoration of the historic wooden boat “The Golden Rule” and movement to abolish nuclear weapons followed by discussion of action possibilities. As part of commemoration of the 78th anniversary of bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, PSR member Dr. Kathy Bourgoin will be speaking at this event.

In 1958, four Quaker peace activists attempted to sail directly into the US nuclear testing zone in the Marshall Islands to alert the world to the devastating effects of radiation on people and the planet. When the crew of the Golden Rule was arrested and jailed in Hawaii, public outcry for their release sparked a movement that led to the signing of the Limited Test Ban Treaty in 1963. 

Friday, August 4 th 3:00 - 5:00
Bangor Public Library
Free and Open to the Public

Co-sponsored by Maine Veterans for Peace, Physicians for Social Responsibility,
Pax Christi and Peace & Justice Center of Eastern Maine.


The Legacy of Oppenheimer You Won’t See in Theaters

On Friday, July 21st, Oppenheimer, Christopher Nolan's latest blockbuster about the dawn of the nuclear age, finally hit theaters in the U.S. The film is based on American Prometheus, the biography of J. Robert Oppenheimer who is considered the "father of the atomic bomb." While the audience will bear witness to the moral dilemmas Oppenheimer battled in relation to the novel new technology that he helped build and how it could be used to carry out mass genocide across the world — what they won't see are the countless communities that have been harmed by the legacy of Oppenheimer and the Manhattan Project.

Continue Reading HERE

7:00 p.m. ET 
Join the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists and The Elders for a discussion about our shared nuclear history, current challenges, and possible futures. Whether or not you have already seen Christopher Nolan's new movie Oppenheimer about the "father of the bomb," this promises to be a valuable conversation about one of the most pressing issues of our time.

Action Alert: Support the Reduction of Carbon Pollution From Power Plants

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently released a rule to reduce greenhouse gas pollution from the power sector, sometimes referred to as the Carbon Pollution Standards for Power Plants or the Cut Carbon Pollution Plan. CO2 emissions from power plants are a major contributor to climate change, which profoundly impacts human health. Under the Clean Air Act, EPA is responsible for regulations to address this pollution. The proposal seeks to limit carbon pollution from future natural gas-fired power plants, from existing coal-fired power plants, and from some existing gas-fired combustion turbines. If you’d like to learn more about the rule, please see the longer brief here.

While this rule does significant work to reduce carbon pollution from power plants, there are opportunities to strengthen this rule to ensure we maximize the benefits for health and equity, particularly for communities who have experienced historic and ongoing unjust burdens of air pollution.

A comment period, open until August 8th, gives the public an opportunity to express their support for the rule and indicate ways in which the policy can better protect communities. There are opportunities to strengthen the rule to ensure we maximize benefits for health and equity, particularly for communities who have experienced historic and ongoing unjust burdens of air pollution.


Submit a public comment HERE


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