GRASS ROOTS - Group mobilizes against fossil fuel

A group of local officials from around Maine have gathered together in yet another effort to support renewable energy in Maine.

Called the Coalition to Reduce Dependence on Foreign Oil, the Web site-less group is led by Cumberland town councilor Jeff Porter, and includes Carrabassett Valley town manager Dave Cota, Carrabassett selectmen Lloyd Cutler and Bob Luce, former Carrabassett selectman Jay Reynolds, and a former game warden, Duane Lewis Sr. Other members are from Farmington, Wyman, Phillips, and Corinth.

They'll be working to draw more attention to renewable energy, by lobbying officials and working to "increase public awareness," as if the war in Iraq, $3 gasoline, and heating-oil prices were not enough.

Renewably generated electricity, they don't mention, can be purchased in Maine through the Maine Interfaith Power and Light collective (for Central Maine Power and Bangor Hydro customers only).

And there's no word on whether they all drive to the group's meetings, or whether they carpool or meet online or over the phone.

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