Environment

Putin, Biden, Big Oil, and $5 Gas

Putin, Biden, Big Oil, and $5 Gas

As the world places sanctions on Russia for the invasion and occupation of Ukraine, prices at the gas pump have skyrocketed. Two interpretations of this phenomenon have dominated the political discourse, and they’re both wrong. MAGA Republicans are...

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Parenting through the pandemic

Parenting through the pandemic

Does it feel like living in a fascist state on a dying planet is a lost cause at this point? It’s a serious question I don’t have an answer to. I’d like to say “no” but no matter which party is in charge, they will continue to empower the police...

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Gov. Mills throws public power a curveball

Gov. Mills throws public power a curveball

Wil Thieme from the Maine Public Power campaign looks at Gov. Janet Mills's legislative entry into the fight to make our electrical grid a public good.  ***** Gov. Janet Mills knows CMP is deeply unpopular and can see what that might mean when we...

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MOFGA and the Organic Farming Revolution

MOFGA and the Organic Farming Revolution

This week's We Are What We Eat column by Todd Chretien reviews the Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association's The Organic Farming Revolution: Past, Present, Future Family farms hold a special place in American history as symbols of...

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Solving the Eastern Prom’s food truck trash problem

Solving the Eastern Prom’s food truck trash problem

The City of Portland and food truck owners are overlooking simple and sustainable solutions in their escalating showdown over trash on the Eastern Promenade. If you haven’t been to the park recently, morning visits now often include the sights and...

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Full legislature to vote on public power ballot

Full legislature to vote on public power ballot

LD 1708, An Act To Create the Pine Tree Power Company, a Nonprofit Utility, To Deliver Lower Rates, Reliability and Local Control for Maine Energy Independence, sponsored by Rep. Seth Berry (D-Bowdoinham) passed through the Legislature's Energy and...

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Fight for public power in Maine heats up

Fight for public power in Maine heats up

According to Maine Beacon, LD 1708, put forward by Rep. Seth Berry (D-Bowdoinham) and a bipartisan slate of co-sponsors, and supported by Maine Public Power (initiated by the Maine chapter of the Democratic Socialists of America) and the Our Power...

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Power Grab – Mainers Want to Own the Grid

Power Grab – Mainers Want to Own the Grid

The grid: that ugly-yet-invisible network of poles, lines, and fenced yards full of hulking, buzzing machines that we all count on to keep the lights bright, the cheese cold, and the phone charged. Most of Maine’s grid is owned and run by two...

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