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New England’s Big Pipeline Myth
by Greg Cunningham

For three years now, Big Gas has been spinning tall tales aimed at scaring you and me – and especially our local politicans – into locking in our addiction to dirty, polluting natural gas for decades to come. But their hype ignores the facts and the very real progress made over the past few years to avoid price spikes, keep the lights on, and tamp down our emissions of climate-damaging pollution.

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Why the Zero Waste Project? Protecting My Family and Yours.
by Kirstie Pecci

I can still remember the conversation vividly. It was February of 2008 and my brother was calling to beseech me to represent a group of citizens to oppose the expansion of the Southbridge Landfill. I have to admit, I was skeptical about his concerns. This was the brother with all the ideas I sometimes wish…

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CLF Takes on LePage in Maine’s Highest Court
by Sean Mahoney

“Using less energy saves families and businesses money.” This truism guides the mission of Efficiency Maine Trust, a state-funded entity designed to provide low-risk, high-reward energy efficiency resources to families and businesses in the state. Saving money is usually something everyone can agree on, and yet Governor LePage and his appointees on the Public Utilities…

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Sonny Perdue: What Will You Do for New England’s Farmers?
by Sumana Chintapalli

Last week we learned that former Georgia Governor Sonny Perdue is President Trump’s nominee for U.S. Secretary of Agriculture. Perdue, educated as a veterinarian and the son of a farmer, spent much of his career in business, including running a garden supplies company, shipping operation, and a fertilizer and grain company. In announcing the nomination,…

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CLF Defeats Gas Pipeline Proposal in Rhode Island PUC
by Jerry Elmer

Late in the afternoon on Friday, January 13, just before the start of the long MLK holiday weekend, National Grid quietly filed a letter with the Rhode Island Public Utilities Commission (PUC) asking the PUC to close Docket # 4627. This is the Docket that would have allowed National Grid to contract for a portion…

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Been There, Stopped That: Survival Lessons for a Trump Presidency from Maine
by Sean Mahoney

As the country girds itself for the incoming Trump administration, we can draw lessons from the experience of Mainers under Governor Paul LePage, who remarked that, before Trump was Trump, LePage was LePage. The parallels to the Trump administration are notable. Like President-elect Trump, Governor LePage did not receive a majority of votes when he…

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The Top 5 Myths About Electric Vehicles, Debunked
by Megan Herzog

If you’re in the market for a new car, buying electric may save you money and time ­– and help save our planet, too. Are you unsure about whether an electric car is the right choice for you?  You are not alone.  Shopping for a new car is hard enough even without taking the time…

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Maine Legal Food Hub Revs Up for Second Year
by Phelps Turner

The Maine Legal Food Hub, which provides pro bono legal assistance and training for farmers and food businesses, celebrates its second anniversary in 2017, kicking off the year with a presence, for the second year in a row, at the Maine Agricultural Trades Show January 10-12 in Augusta. On January 11 and 12, the CLF…

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The Legal Food Hub
by Laurie O'Reilly

Local Food, Local Farms, and Lawyers Lending a Hand Noah Fralich moved back home to Maine with one ambition: to open a business on his family’s land in New Gloucester. His fledgling Norumbega Cidery was just getting off the ground when he hit a snag – the name of his business was already trademarked by…