Forum to ask, ‘What do we do when we can’t get any fuel in the Northeast?’

DEXTER — Friday, Nov. 4 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Abbott Memorial Library Dexter Dover Area Towns in Transition (DDATT), for its November First Friday public discussion, will host an evening looking at many possible answers to the question, “What do we do when we can’t get any gasoline or diesel in the Northeast?”

Because those in the Dexter/Dover-Foxcroft area depend on gasoline and diesel fuel for so many personal and community life functions, answering this question will require a broad scope and critical thinking. Food, transportation, water, health, education, shelter, waste, economics, government, heat and electricity, all these areas and more would be strongly affected.

The transition town movement centers around just this subject, how can a community make calm and rational plans for a seriously disrupting event before it happens. Disaster preparedness doesn’t just spontaneously occur, and DDATT intends that the evening’s discussion will spark further development of an energy plan for the area.

Maine does not have a comprehensive statewide energy plan that carefully and thoughtfully coordinates all the energy sources of the state to the best advantage for all. The best course may be for local initiatives to begin doing the planning.

Key to the evening’s discussion will be the format, structured in such a way to keep the group on topic but open to frank and courteous expression of opinions and views. Participants are encouraged to bring in light refreshments to share.

DDATT’s mission is to help ourselves rethink and reshape the community as everyone moves (consciously or not) away from being consumers to being contributors. For more information on DDATT and future events, email to get on the email list or call 277-4221 or 924-3836.

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