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An unlikely clash: wind developers and environmentalists

The growing push for wind power in Rhode Island is creating friction between wind developers and an unlikely group of critics: environmentalists.
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By STEVEN STYCOS  |  January 15, 2010

Building on green energy

This month, my landlord will install new energy-efficient windows in my apartment. This is great news: Better insulation will reduce both my energy use and my heating bills. I'm happy to be experiencing first-hand what many agree is the single most-imp
Going green
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  September 04, 2009

Going Green: July 10, 2009

Maine will never be a leader in wind-energy development, says Richard Silkman, co-founder and -manager of a firm that could revolutionize the way we address energy issues in this state and throughout the region. "We missed our chance," he stated flatly
Smart solar
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  July 10, 2009
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A kick-start for conservation

To make the most of huge chunks of incoming federal economic-stimulus cash (and to get their hands on more of it in the first place), the Maine Legislature has to ramp up its energy-efficiency planning — on the double.
But Maine's new energy plan may not go far enough
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  May 22, 2009

Maine task force to seek offshore power

A new Ocean Energy Task Force, created by Governor John Baldacci last week, is charged in part with investigating the realities of drilling for oil and gas off the coast of Maine.
Energy in the drink
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  November 12, 2008
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Maine House candidates

As with the candidates for Maine Senate, we compiled some biographical information on each candidate and then asked each person what they would take action on right up front, if they were elected.
Who wants to go to Augusta?
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  October 29, 2008


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Running for Maine Senate

For this year’s candidate profiles, we assembled some basic information on each person seeking election, and then asked them to explain what their top priority would be.
Five candidates in two districts
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  October 29, 2008

Staying warm

As we hurtle (rather unceremoniously, if you ask me) toward winter, many Portlanders are considering ways to stay warm without breaking the bank during the colder months.
Going green
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  October 29, 2008

Power talk

Two upcoming debates  will likely address environmental topics and how they impact jobs, climate change, and our national priorities.  
Going green
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  October 02, 2008

Heat of the moment

Because of the high cost of heating oil, I'm considering installing an alternative energy source in my house. I've examined the possibilities, and it looks as if my best bet is a home nuclear-power plant.
Politics and other mistakes
By AL DIAMON  |  July 30, 2008

State’s renewable energy effort goes into neutral

When it comes to advancing the cause of solar energy in Rhode Island, nothing is ever easy, or so it seems.
Talking Politics
By IAN DONNIS  |  July 02, 2008


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Top 10 questions for Maine voters

Here are the top 10 stories and storylines shaping Maine's primary season.
The issues that define the primary campaign
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  May 28, 2008
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A win-wind situation

It’s a pretty rare day when lobbyists, environmentalists, and labor officials are all happy about supporting the same legislation.
Renewable energy’s promise is a bright spot amid the state’s deficit gloom
By IAN DONNIS  |  March 26, 2008

The man who wasn’t there

Imagine you’re a Republican candidate for Congress in Maine’s 1st District whose name isn’t Charlie Summers.
Politics and other mistakes
By AL DIAMON  |  July 18, 2007
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This story blows

There’s a foul wind blowing off Cape Cod.
The bizarre battle over Cape  Wind
By ADAM REILLY  |  May 30, 2007
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Rebels in the general assembly

To the displeasure of progressives around Rhode Island, the Democrat-controlled General Assembly this year passed mammoth tax cuts for the wealthiest of Rhode Islanders — the same kind of tax cuts for which national Democrats have hammered President Geor
Can progressives change the debate on the issues that matter?
By MATTHEW JERZYK  |  October 18, 2006


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Is nuclear power worth another look?

Since a partial meltdown at Pennsylvania’s Three Mile Island nuclear power plant in 1979 — the worst nuclear accident in US history — the debate over the safety and necessity of nuclear energy has steadily waxed and waned.
Action speaks!
By MIRIAM ALTMAN  |  October 11, 2006

RI goes (a little) green - side


 
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RI goes (a little) green

As Rhode Islanders shed their heavy coats and wel­come spring, chances are they won’t remember this past fall and winter for the relatively mild weather.
Surging energy costs are leading the state to tap alternative sources once viewed as flaky or unproven
By RICHARD C. LEWIS  |  April 12, 2006

More of the same

There's a story that famed author P.G. Wodehouse — aged, ill, and confined to his bed — woke up one morning, opened his eyes, and said, “Not again !”
Let’s pray for an awakened public in 2006
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  February 06, 2006