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Petroleum-Free in One Year

Author, solar-powered goat herder, to present talk at UHMC.

January 24, 2013
The Maui Weekly

The Sustainable Living Institute of Maui and Upcountry Sustainability will present an evening with Doug Fine, investigative journalist, author and solar-powered New Mexican goat herder, on Monday, Jan. 28, from 5:30 to 7 p.m., in the University of Hawai'i Maui College's Kalama Building, room 103.

This entertaining and timely talk, slide show and question-and-answer session will demonstrate, through humor and practical example (including Doug's many early mistakes), how anyone can live sustainably without giving up "Digital Age" comforts.

Along his path to petroleum-free living, Fine's goats outsmart him, his solar panels nearly electrocute him, his vegetable oil truck exhaust gives him the munchies (it comes from a local Kung Pao Chicken restaurant), and yet, Fine never gives up until 90 percent of the petroleum is out of his life. The message: If he can do it anyone can.

The audience will come away laughing and informed.

Professor Christopher Conway at University of Texas, Arlington, called this, "Our best event ever."

Fine has reported from five continents for the Washington Post, Wired, Salon, The New York Times, Outside, NPR, and U.S. News & World Report, and he has a regular column in New Mexico magazine. He has also appeared on Conan O'Brian's TV show.

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Fine is the author of three books, "Not Really an Alaskan Mountain Man," "Farewell, My Subaru," and "Too High to Fail."

Visit to view his work, including short films.

For more information, call 984-3379.



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