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Alliance Launched To Save Bees

Sixty-five chefs, restaurant owners and other culinary leaders joined us to launch the Bee Friendly Food Alliance. Through the Alliance, chefs and restaurateurs are calling attention to the importance of bees to our food supply, the dramatic die-off of bee populations, and the need to protect our pollinators. LEARN MORE.

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The Tipping Point

This spring, a long-simmering debate boiled over into the halls and chambers of the State House, with the introduction of a bill that sought to eliminate the Land Use Regulation Commission altogether, and with it the state’s role in overseeing planning and development in its vast, 10.4 million acre jurisdiction. The bill — sponsored by Representative Jeffrey Gifford (R-Lincoln) and championed by Senate President Kevin Raye (R-Perry) — sought to transfer these powers to the counties, which in Maine have long been entities of little consequence and limited powers. Were it to be enacted, the North Woods would no longer be governed as a single unit by a state agency, but rather as eight jurisdictions, each controlled by a separate set of county commissioners.

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Report | Environment Maine Research & Policy Center

A Program That Works

In 2005, leaders in 10 northeastern states took a decisive step against global warming and fossil fuel dependence by agreeing to create a system to limit emissions of carbon dioxide from power plants. Known as the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI), the system took full effect in 2009, becoming the first mandatory cap on global warming pollution implemented anywhere in the United States. Two and a half years later, RGGI has largely been a success.

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Acadia National Park plans expansion on MDI

With the help of some nonprofit organizations, the park is planning to grow on Mount Desert Island by more than 50 acres, according to a park official.

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News Release | Environment Maine

Environment Maine Applauds Passage of Bill to Get Maine Off Oil - LD 553 Sets Ambitious Goals to Reduce Oil Dependence, Holds State Accountable

The Legislature today gave final approval to a bill that sets ambitious goals to reduce Maine’s dependence on oil and requires the state develop a comprehensive plan to achieve the goals.

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