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Wanted: brook trout anglers
Announcement - Wednesday, August 31, 2011 

Maine Audubon, Trout Unlimited and the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife, are seeking new volunteers to explore remote ponds with their rods and reels before the end of this year’s fishing season Sept. 30. The partners are looking for anglers willing to survey a total of 187 remote ponds for previously-undocumented populations of wild brook trout.
UMaine Center for Research on Sustainable Forests
Publication - Tuesday, August 30, 2011 

The University of Maine's Center for Research on Sustainable Forests has released its 2011 Annual Report.
Free Trees
Announcement - Monday, August 29, 2011 

Through the generosity of Dutton’s Greenhouse and Nursery, more than 1,000 trees, representing 75 different species, are being offered free of charge to municipalities, schools and non-profit organizations for community planting, according to Project Canopy officials. Two distribution dates in Sep and Oct will be set aside to pick up trees at Dutton’s Nursery in Morrill.
Most State Parks, Historic Sites Open
Announcement - Monday, August 29, 2011 

Maine state parks and historic sites sustained some damage to trees and shorefronts during Tropical Storm Irene, with no buildings or facilities damaged, according to officials with the Maine Bureau of Parks and Lands. All but three parks opened on Monday.
Maine closing state parks and beaches
Announcement - Friday, August 26, 2011 

All coastal Maine state parks and several inland parks will be closed for day use on Sunday in anticipation of Hurricane Irene's arrival in the state, officials announced today.
White Mountain National Forest Closing
Announcement - Friday, August 26, 2011 

The USFS is issuing a closure order for the White Mountain National Forest due to potentially dangerous conditions caused by Hurricane Irene. The WMNF will close at 6 PM on Saturday, August 27 and will remain closed through Monday, August 29. All WMNF facilities will be CLOSED to the public including the trail system. This includes all backcountry shelters, which are being vacated. The Appalachian Mountain Club will also close all eight White Mountain Huts, Joe Dodge Lodge, and Highland Lodge.
Acadia National Park closing campgrounds
Announcement - Friday, August 26, 2011 

The National Park Service announced today that it will close the Blackwoods and Seawall Campgrounds at Acadia National Park at 10 a.m. on Sunday because of the predicted path of Hurricane Irene. The campgrounds will reopen when the storm has passed. In addition, the Duck Harbor Campground on Isle au Haut will close on Saturday at 11 a.m. and will reopen when conditions are safe.
Maine State House Watch: New EO mandates Gov. approve all new rules
Action Alert - Thursday, August 25, 2011 

On Aug 25, Gov. Paul LePage issued an executive order, which mandates that the Governor's Office sign off on each and every proposed rule change.
Woodcock Q&A, Aug 26
Event - Posted - Wednesday, August 24, 2011 

Chandler Woodcock, Commissioner of the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife, will lead a public question-and-answer session hosted by the Moosehead Lake Fisheries Coalition. Woodcock will answer questions about hunting, fishing and outdoors-related topics in Maine. At the Rockwood Community Center, Aug 26, 7-9 pm.
PRRT photojournalism workshop, Sep 17 & Oct 1
Announcement - Wednesday, August 24, 2011 

The Penobscot River Restoration Trust is offering a free conservation photojournalism workshop Sep 17 and Oct 1, allowing a two week period in-between to go on a “photo shoot” focused on the river and the anticipated community benefits of the PRRT Project.
Pesticide Notification
Announcement - Wednesday, August 24, 2011 

On September 28, the Maine agricultural pesticide notification registry will cease to exist. The law that created this registry was repealed by the Legislature in June. However, state law provides other options for notification about nearby pesticide spraying: (1) Self-Initiated Request for Notification; (2) Non-Agricultural Pesticide Notification Registry.
Lessons from puffins, terns, Aug 31
Event - Posted - Wednesday, August 24, 2011 

Susie Meadows, manager of Project Puffin, will discuss some of the factors limiting Maine seabird populations and will discuss how techniques developed by Project Puffin have led to the restoration of puffins and terns to historic nesting islands in the Gulf of Maine. At the Project Puffin Visitor Center, Rockland, Aug 31 at 5 pm.
Donn Fendler talk, Aug 30
Event - Posted - Tuesday, August 23, 2011 

On Aug 30, 5-6 PM, the Gardiner Public Library will host Donn Fendler as he discusses his experiences, which led to the book Lost on a Mountain in Maine by Joseph Egan.
Wildflowers, Aug 30
Event - Posted - Tuesday, August 23, 2011 

Local botanists will talk about a variety of wildflowers appearing around the state this time of year and discuss their importance. At Cathance River Education Alliance, Topsham, Aug 30, 6:30 pm.
Wilton meeting to discuss open space, Aug 23
Event - Posted - Monday, August 22, 2011 

Wilton residents are invited to participate in a discussion about municipal conservation commissions and their role in assisting towns to develop open space plans. It will be facilitated by conservation resources advisor, Marcel Polak, a land conservation consultant who is working for the Maine Association of Conservation Commissions. At the Wilton Town Office, Aug 23, 7 pm.
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Appeal of Canton Mountain wind farm denied
Associated Press - Friday, November 21, 2014 

State regulators have denied a Peru woman’s appeal of an eight-turbine wind farm atop Canton Mountain, giving the go ahead to what would be the fourth wind project in Oxford County. In a unanimous ruling Thursday, the Board of Environmental Protection voted to reject Alice McKay Barnett’s administrative appeal on Canton Mountain Wind’s project after it found the applicant had met the department’s standards. The state approved the project in May. The 279-foot-tall towers are projected to create 22.8 megawatts of electricity. The project should be operational in late 2016.
Letter: Energy misunderstanding
Bangor Daily News - Friday, November 21, 2014 

Paula Moore’s critique of Maine’s wind industry, “Wind Is Not a Success” (BDN, Nov. 17) relied on flawed arguments. To say that Maine’s wind farms deliver “25 percent of their promised capacity” reflects a fundamental misunderstanding of how renewable energy sources work. Such a percentage, called capacity factor, describes how wind turbines don’t generate at full power 24/7. The fact that the wind doesn’t always blow is not a surprise. Wind farms are designed, sited, and costed with this factor in mind. That taxpayers foot the bill for tax credits and transmission infrastructure is not unique to wind energy. Virtually all electricity generation is to some degree subsidized by tax dollars. The supposed “enormous community strife” caused by Maine’s wind turbines contradicts my experience in Denmark and Holland. I have a bias in this topic since I am doing my PhD on wind turbines, but I chose my topic for a reason. ~ Matthew Hall, Orono
Portland jetport earns praise from industry groups
Portland Press Herald - Thursday, November 20, 2014 

The Portland International Jetport is earning high praise from the aviation industry for its customer service and commitment to sustainability. The Maine airport was among seven from around the world to receive an Airports Going Green award from the Chicago Department of Aviation. The jetport in 2012 completed a 137,000-square-foot addition with a new ticketing hall, security checkpoint, concessions, four new gates, ticketing offices, and baggage handling system, which received LEED Gold certification.
Energy, conservation paradox described for UMF students
Sun Journal - Thursday, November 20, 2014 

Greater energy efficiency leads to greater use James LaBrecque told geology students at the University of Maine at Farmington on Wednesday. LaBrecque is a technical adviser on energy to Gov. Paul LePage. "Population growth and a vastly growing demand to increase the world's standard of living will always override our technological ability to reduce energy use," he said. LaBrecque also discussed alternative energy sources and how they have only scratched the surface of Maine's energy needs. "The dismal performance of alternative energy systems is limited more by nature than technology," he said. There are 28 windmills at Mars Hill. To get Maine homes off oil and run by wind it would take 47 Mars Hill mountains in each of Maine's 16 counties. To get all New England homes switched to wind, it would take 729 Mars Hill mountains in each of Maine's 16 counties, he said.
Sale of First Wind may affect company’s Bingham project
Morning Sentinel - Thursday, November 20, 2014 

Officials from the company that wants to build a 62-turbine wind farm in northern Somerset County say the recent sale of the company should not affect the project, but a spokesman for the Maine Department of Environmental Protection said Thursday that it’s too soon to tell. Earlier this week, TerraForm Power Inc. agreed to sell project developer First Wind, a subsidiary, to SunEdison, Inc. of Maryland Heights, Mo. In September, First Wind received approval from the department to build a 62-turbine wind farm, known as the Bingham Wind Project, in Bingham, Kingsbury Plantation and Mayfield Plantation. An appeal of that approval is now pending before the state Board of Environmental Protection, while a second appeal has been dismissed.
Island Explorer's Record Year
Friends of Acadia - Thursday, November 20, 2014 

The Island Explorer ended its season in October having carried more than half a million passengers in and around Acadia National Park this year, for the first time ever. That's a testament to the popularity and effectiveness of those white, blue, and green buses, and a testament to the commitment of Acadia's visitors and area residents to reducing automobile traffic at the National Park System's most densely visited park.
Green for Green: The Cost of Environmental Protection
Other - Thursday, November 20, 2014 

As the EPA implements environmental regulations, the prices of goods and services from three key sectors will rise. Businesses should develop a strong understanding of these impending legislative changes and what markets they affect to make better purchasing decisions.
EXPOSED: Your tax dollars are killing your wildlife
Other - Thursday, November 20, 2014 

An agency within the USDA called Wildlife Services — a misnamed entity if there ever was one — has been having their way for almost a century, killing over 100,000 native predators and millions of birds each year, as well as maiming, poisoning, and brutalizing countless pets. They have also seriously harmed more than a few humans. And they apparently think they are going to continue getting away with it. But in a recent documentary by Predator Defense, called "EXPOSED: USDA’s Secret War on Wildlife," whistle-blowers go on the record showing Wildlife Services for what it really is — an unaccountable, out-of-control, wildlife killing machine that acts at the bidding of corporate agriculture and the hunting lobby, all with taxpayer dollars.
Deer Season Diary: Time to turn the page (or, why I started reading while hunting)
John Holyoke Out There Blog - Thursday, November 20, 2014 

For years, I have received some thoughtful and helpful tips from hunters eager to help me break my lifelong buck drought and fill my deer tag for the first time. That is, I think the tips have been thoughtful (and not attempts to taunt me after years without success). And I imagine that those same tips would have been helpful…had I actually tried any of them. But I didn’t. Not really.
Shrimping ban has midcoast suppliers worried about fishery’s future
Coastal Journal - Thursday, November 20, 2014 

News that the shrimping season in Maine will be closed for a second year in a row has midcoast fishermen and seafood suppliers worried about the future of their industry. And the ban is likely to continue for at least a few years. On Nov. 5, Maine regulators placed a moratorium on the shrimping season because of another year of nearly record-low numbers of shrimp. The all-time record for fewest shrimp was set last year.
World Parks Congress aims to protect a third of oceans in marine parks
Other - Thursday, November 20, 2014 

At least 30 percent of the world's oceans should be protected as marine parks where fishing is banned, according to a new target set at the close of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature's World Parks Congress in Sydney yesterday. The sharply increased target was drawn up by conservationists and is based on more than 80 scientific studies. Currently just two per cent of the world's ocean environment is protected.
Calais man who sold pesticide that killed lobsters admits lying to agents
Bangor Daily News - Thursday, November 20, 2014 

A Calais man waived indictment and pleaded guilty Wednesday in federal court to making a false statement to federal agents in connection with the illegal use of a pesticide in Canada five years ago. Clyde Eldridge, 65, owner of local feed and pet store C&E Feeds, was questioned by U.S. Environmental Protection Agency officials as part of an investigation into the illegal use of cypermethrin on the New Brunswick side of Passamaquoddy Bay in 2009. The pesticide application killed hundreds of lobsters off Deer Island and Grand Manan in November and December 2009.
Northeast Wolf Coalition Draws Wildlife Experts to Walden Woods
Other - Thursday, November 20, 2014 

Recognizing the need for an ongoing collaboration to explore the vision of and potential for wolf recovery in the northeastern USA, the Northeast Wolf Coalition, an alliance of conservation organizations from New England, New York and beyond, recently gathered at Walden Woods in Lincoln, Massachusetts. Informed by some of the nation’s best and brightest wildlife conservationists and scientists, the conference brought together more than two dozen stakeholders to plan collaborative projects for wolf recovery.
Swedish couple purchase large chunk of Eastbrook land
Ellsworth American - Thursday, November 20, 2014 

On Nov. 3, Anders and Christina Höglund of Vara, Sweden, bought two parcels totaling 5,600 acres of timberland in the vicinity of Sugar Hill and Molasses Pond Road. Their attorney, Gordon Scannell of Perkins Thompson in Portland, regularly consults on large land sales and said the nature of timber holdings in Maine has changed dramatically over the last 20 years. Most of the land before that time was owned by paper companies — such as International Paper and Great Northern — which divested themselves of their land holdings. “Now a lot of it is owned by timber trusts or real estate trusts or high net worth individuals,” Scannell said. Asked why the Höglunds bought the property, Scannell said: “Rather than invest in the Swedish stock market or buy a vacation home in Spain, they thought it would be fun to own some timberland in the U.S. in Maine."
Inside the Maine family-run zoo, star of new reality series ‘Yankee Jungle’
Bangor Daily News - Thursday, November 20, 2014 

Lions roared and wolves howled in reply, their wild chorus echoing through the tall white pines of Mount Vernon, Maine. Tundra is the eldest lion at DEW Animal Kingdom and Sanctuary, which is home to more than 200 exotic and domestic animals. On the blustery day in mid-November, DEW was closed for the season. Nevertheless, behind the cast iron gates that barred the entrance, the sanctuary was bustling with activity. It’s no surprise that this strange and exciting place has been chosen to be the subject of a new TV series, “Yankee Jungle,” set to premiere on Animal Planet at 9 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 29.
Letter: Fair and fowl
Bangor Daily News - Thursday, November 20, 2014 

Once again the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife have given waterfowl hunters, especially for Downeast, the worst hunting season time frames. Waterfowl hunting should be open in all zones through October and into November. There should be no coastal zone. What are the biological reasons for setting the seasons the way they are set? December and January should be for sea duck hunting only. Black ducks are under physiological stress as the sea duck population has been decreasing. What has the IF&W and the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service done to restore these populations? ~ Fred Hartman, Whiting
Lobstermen steer clear of measures to save cod in Gulf of Maine
Portland Press Herald - Wednesday, November 19, 2014 

Federal regulators voted Wednesday to exempt the lobster fishery from measures aimed at saving plummeting cod stocks in the Gulf of Maine. The vote to protect the lobster fishery came as the New England Fishery Management Council endorsed some of the toughest regulations the region’s groundfishermen have ever seen.
‘Next big thing’: Demo of machine that extracts meat from crustaceans draws seafood industry execs
Bangor Daily News - Wednesday, November 19, 2014 

With a loud beep and a whooshing intake of air, a roomful of Maine seafood processor representatives got an up-close look Wednesday at a machine intended to address several problems the industry faces. The device, about the size of a dormitory room refrigerator, was brought to Maine by representatives from Xifuri, the Chinese firm that developed it, as a possible solution to Maine’s green crab problem. Fisheries officials have been looking for an effective way to process the creatures, which are smaller than Jonah or rock crabs and pose a more complicated meat extraction challenge. But industry officials who gathered Wednesday for the demonstration seemed more interested in the device’s potential impact on a different species: lobster.
Blog: King works the press – again
Other - Wednesday, November 19, 2014 

Angus King did not kill the Keystone XL pipeline project. There’s a mythical idea in Congress of politicians who cast “the deciding vote” on an issue, such as Tuesday’s vote on the authorization to move ahead with the Keystone XL construction. The premise is that a wavering pol falls on one side of the other of a vote thus determining its fate. In this case, there are two flaws in that theory – the first, that King was going to be anything other than a vote against the polarizing project; the second, that his vote somehow was more consequential than Sen. Barbara Boxer’s against it or Sen. Mary Landrieu’s for it. Let’s be clear: King is a master (if genial) politician. ~ Rebekah Metzler
Judge’s ruling keeps Old Town mill purchase in play
Bangor Daily News - Wednesday, November 19, 2014 

A judge’s ruling on Wednesday will keep the Old Town Fuel & Fiber pulp mill running for the next two weeks in anticipation of a $10.5 million sale that still needs court approval. The agreement for Wisconsin-based Expera Specialty Solutions to buy the mill from New York-based private equity firm Patriarch Partners sets out a tight timeline for gaining final approval for the deal. That will go before the court in a Dec. 5 hearing, a moment for determining the bankrupt mill’s longer-term future.
MMA Railway bankruptcy trustee casts wide net for corporations to pay Lac-Megantic victims
Bangor Daily News - Wednesday, November 19, 2014 

The bankruptcy trustee in the Montreal, Maine and Atlantic Railway case is casting a wide net in an effort to reach into deep corporate pockets to create a fund to compensate victims and help pay the enormous costs related to the Lac-Megantic rail disaster in Quebec last year. In September, Robert Keach of Portland asked a federal bankruptcy judge to order nine international companies to turn over all documents that discuss the sale of crude oil obtained from the Bakken Foundation in North Dakota, then, shipped by truck and rail into and across Canada. The derailment and ensuing fire and explosions killed 47 people, forced another 2,000 from their homes and destroyed much of the downtown core in the village of fewer than 6,000 residents.
Tough questions about spoiling view at Baxter State Park
Friends of Maine's Mountains - Wednesday, November 19, 2014 

Last week, EDP Renewables, a Texas company that wants to build Maine’s largest industrial wind site in Aroostook County, just 30 miles from Baxter State Park, held its Number Nine Mountain Wind Project Public Informational Meeting at the high school gym in Mars Hill. Chris O’Neil, a government relations consultant to Friends of Maine’s Mountains, asked some tough questions.
Democrats Win KXL Vote, Open Defense of Obama's Climate Agenda
Other - Wednesday, November 19, 2014 

InsideClimate News - Senate Democrats held together just enough votes on Tuesday to defeat, at least for now, legislation to build the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline. The bill's failure, by 59 yeas to 41 nays, lets President Obama off the hook for a possible veto at the start of this lame-duck session of Congress. Sixty votes were needed to avoid a filibuster and move the legislation along. The House had passed it last week. Relieved environmentalists celebrated the brief reprieve. So did the Senate Democrats who are about to relinquish their majority. It was the first defense by besieged Congressional Democrats of President Obama's entire environmental and climate agenda, which they fear may be going down the drain.
Editorial: Ignoring science will limit the Gulf of Maine to a bleak fisheries future
Bangor Daily News - Wednesday, November 19, 2014 

The shock of shutting down a fishery is real, but the Gulf of Maine’s fishing history has been building up to this moment of uncertainty over the future of Maine’s fishing economy. As regulators institute emergency cod fishery closures, fishermen and some politicians are questioning the science behind regulators’ decisions. But there’s little reason to doubt the science behind the cod catch limitations — and it’s self-defeating. Plus, there’s an undeniable history of overfishing in the Gulf of Maine that has led to Gulf of Maine cod stocks at 3 percent of the target level for a sustainable population. It’s tempting to doubt generally accepted science one finds unsatisfactory. But doubting the science, then failing to take any action in response to warning signs, sets up the Gulf of Maine for a bleak fisheries future.
Dear snow-trolls: Winter weather does not refute global warming
Washington Post - Wednesday, November 19, 2014 

If you live in the U.S., you have been feeling insanely cold lately. The area south of Buffalo got 5 feet of snow this week and the Weather Channel says parts of the Midwest and Great Lakes region may experience “one of the longest sub-freezing spells on record for the month of November.” We’ve been through this drill before — last winter, actually. And it’s important to keep in mind that just because it is very cold in the U.S. doesn’t mean that you should question the overall warming trend for the planet. Weather shifts heat and cold around — we know that. We also know our own local experiences inherently bias us, since we only live the weather in one place. But the total global picture remains one of warming.
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Maine Organic Farmers
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Trade deals criminalise farmers' seeds
What could be more routine than saving seeds from one season to the next? After all, that is how we grow crops on our farms and in our gardens. Yet from Guatemala to Ghana, from Mozambique to Malaysia, this basic practice is being turned into a criminal offence, so that half a dozen large multinational corporations can turn seeds into private property and make money from them.
11/17/2014 11:00:00 PM

Syngenta facing dozens of lawsuits over GMO seed
By David Pitt, AP - Des Moines: Agrochemicals giant Syngenta is facing a growing number of lawsuits challenging its release of a genetically modified corn seed that China had not approved for import, with losses to farmers estimated to be at least $1 billion.
11/17/2014 11:00:00 PM

Billions of Gallons Used to Frack “Monster Wells,” Even in Drought Areas
By Shannon Van Hoesen - The oil and gas industry insists that hydraulic fracturing of natural gas and oil wells does not threaten America’s water supplies. But a new report by Environmental Working Group finds that hundreds of “monster wells” across the country were fracked with 10 to 25 million gallons of water each – and many that used the most water were in drought-stricken areas.
11/17/2014 11:00:00 PM

Shrimp the 'canary in the coal mine' of Gulf of Maine
Op-Ed by Ben Martens - On Nov. 5, the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission’s Northern Shrimp Section met in Portland and, after a scientific presentation, voted unanimously to close the shrimp fishery for another year. The handful of fishermen and processors in the room pleaded for a short season - anything to keep boats on the water. However, the results of the annual survey and stock assessment showed the second lowest biomass on record (the lowest was in 2013).
11/17/2014 11:00:00 PM

Researcher Enlists Honeybees as “Flying Doctors” Against Crop Disease
Strawberry fields in Finland are plagued by grey mold, a fungus that quickly transforms scarlet berries into shaggy grey blobs, wrecking 20 percent of the country’s annual crop, on average. But Finland’s organic fruit farmers have a swarm of new allies in the battle against grey mold. Dr. Heikki Hokkanen, a researcher at the University of Helsinki, has enlisted bees to carry biological treatments from flower to flower, warding off disease as they pollinate.
11/17/2014 11:00:00 PM

Don't let Big Meat eat our bumper crop
By Jim Kleinschmidt - The last few years have not been good for the factory farm industry. High prices for corn and other crops (in part driven by the growth of ethanol) made feed costs incredibly high, while at the same time, environmental and animal welfare advocates have been winning ballot and marketplace battles to shift more meat production out of intensive confinement and industrial systems.
11/16/2014 11:00:00 PM

Fast-Warming Gulf of Maine Offers Hint of Future for Oceans
By Rebecca Kessler - After hauling in the cages at his island oyster farm near Biddeford, Maine, Mark Green's boat is loaded with crusty marine life. Baskets of oysters are there, but so are green crabs — invasive and inedible. "My boat will be full," Green says. "The bottom will just be this undulating mass of green crabs by the end of the day. I mean thousands."
11/16/2014 11:00:00 PM

81% of reviewed GM crops were approved without any scientific safety studies, researchers find
Nearly all genetically modified (GM) crops approved by governments worldwide received that approval in spite of a complete lack of published, peer-reviewed research supporting their safety, according to a new study published in the risk-assessment journal Environment International.
11/16/2014 11:00:00 PM

Natural Resources Council
of Maine

Greener Gift-Giving
Take a moment to consider the impact of gift giving—think about giving repurposed items or crafts from a local...
11/21/2014 4:09:44 AM

Wednesday, December 3: Green Eggs: Advocacy for Climate Change and Green Building, Falmouth
Now that elections are over, what is in store for Maine’s environmental landscape? Come hear from NRCM’s...
11/20/2014 10:39:09 AM

Cuddledown Upgrades Lighting to Keep Costs Down in Yarmouth Headquarters
Lighting retrofits are the leading way Maine businesses can blunt a coming rate shock. By Tux Turkel, Staff Wr...
11/20/2014 8:21:54 AM

Save Money, Keep Cozy
Keep your heating bills low—check your house for places where warm air could be leaking out, these could be ea...
11/20/2014 4:00:28 AM

The Peace of Maine
My family has a hundred-year-old cottage on Orr’s Island. It sits on a slight rise surrounded by woods a...
11/19/2014 10:50:21 AM

Mind Your Business
Find out ways to help your business savey money on energy costs and protect the environment. NRCM offers a gui...
11/19/2014 4:00:25 AM

Angus King to Cast Pivotal ‘No’ Vote on Keystone Pipeline
The Maine senator confirms that he will vote against the project that a Louisiana Democrat considers crucial t...
11/18/2014 2:06:50 PM

Fuel Up Better
Carpool, walk, bike, and take public transportation when you can. If you have to drive, make sure it is as fue...
11/18/2014 4:00:43 AM
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