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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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Quimby's park plan could boost Millinocket area's economy

The Millinocket region is in an uproar over Roxanne Quimby's proposal for a national park on her lands between Baxter State Park and the East Branch of the Penobscot. Left out of the debate - so far - is the most valuable part of the equation, the river, and its economic potential. The East Branch could be the artery that makes Quimby's dreams and the region's desperate economic needs flow together.

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Maine surpasses national rate in creation of 'clean' jobs

A new report from the Brookings Institution seeks to get its arms around the nebulous “clean economy,” and finds that Maine’s growth in the sector has tracked national trends, surpassing U.S. rates over the past few years.

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In The Public Interest: Maine Approves Historic Law To Reduce Oil Use (Really!)

The politics of Maine's leadership has shifted dramatically in the past few years. The new Tea Party Governor and Republican-dominated legislature have made waves rolling back energy-efficiency rules, making it easier for insurance companies to raise premiums, and making it harder to register to vote. But just in time for Independence Day, Maine has passed legislation putting the state at the cutting-edge for reducing America's unhealthy dependence on oil. This important tool can reduce global-warming pollution and encourage more efficient alternatives to driving.

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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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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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