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Birds, noise vs. wind power

I was very disappointed that the Phoenix chose to endorse subsidizing the wind power industry.
Letters to the Portland Phoenix editors, January 4, 2013
By PORTLAND PHOENIX LETTERS  |  January 04, 2013

Meters, smart?

A device intended to cut air pollution, decrease our reliance on fossil fuels, and increase energy efficiency is under attack from a small but passionate group of activists who say the technology is harmful and invasive.
Going Green
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  October 26, 2012
Music: Converge

Converge go back to basics

For most Bostonians of a certain age, Converge's Jane Doe (2001) is always going to be "that" record. But sentimentality aside, the metal/hardcore quartet's latest, All We Love We Leave Behind — out Tuesday on Epitaph — bangs right up against it.

By JANSSEN MCCORMICK  |  October 05, 2012

Cape Spin: An American Power Struggle

When you've got the Kennedys and the Koch brothers on the same side of an issue, it's hard to know what to think.
The story of the Cape Air clean-energy project
By PETER KEOUGH  |  June 15, 2012

Shipping news

The loss of the nascent container-ship line in Portland's harbor last week was not just a blow to the city's desired reputation as a shipping hub — but also to the environment.
Going Green
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  May 11, 2012

Restaurant composting closes another local-food loop

You — or your neighbor — may do it at home, but now area restaurants, hospitals, schools, and grocery stores are also reducing their waste and producing rich soil by turning food scraps and paper products into compost.
Eat your waste
By AMY ANDERSON  |  April 27, 2012

Magic power

A few months after the Berlin Wall came down in 1989, my wife and I were wandering around the eastern part of that city and came upon a little antique shop, where the last vestiges of the old Communist ways were slowly being flushed out, much to the own
Energy prices – and sources
By AL DIAMON  |  February 03, 2012

Get it together

"Political leaders, no matter the party, often can be barometers for public sentiment."
Going green
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  September 30, 2011

Talking trash with the League

The second site visit of the League of Young Voters' Portland 101 program, which Jeff Inglis outlined last week (see " Young Activists Explore Police Department ," September 23), took the group to ecomaine, the non-profit waste management facility locate
Portland 101
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  September 30, 2011

Messy biomass, untold aftermath

Your "Biomass FAQ" sidebar ("Deval's Green Blues," September 2) does not reflect the impacts of biomass burning.
Letters to the Boston editors, September 30, 2011
By BOSTON PHOENIX LETTERS  |  September 30, 2011

Libertarian billionaire funds university enviro-lectures

The University of Maine at Machias announced last week that the campus will be welcoming its first Koch Speaker on Environmentalism and Freedom on October 6.
Koch Brothers Watch
By COLIN WOODARD  |  September 23, 2011

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Biomass FAQ

Simply put, biomass is any natural living or once-living substance that can be converted into energy.
Or, why it ain't easy burning green
By KHADIJAH M. BRITTON  |  September 02, 2011
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Deval's Green Blues

The document in question contains the final regulations for the state's biomass subsidies, and according to environmentalists, the Patrick administration is planning to reverse its pre-election position — and fly in the face of good science — for the be
Long supported by the state's environmental organizations, Governor Patrick has started a war with them over biomass
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  September 02, 2011
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Review: Glee: The 3D Concert Movie

The little TV series with the can-do pipes rolls out a concert tour that's essentially a love-in with its fan base.
First-rate fluff
By TOM MEEK  |  August 19, 2011

This is why we're so $%&*^# hot

During last week's heat wave, air-quality sensors along coastal New England recorded "unhealthy" levels of pollution baked into the hazy, humid air.
Weather Update
By CHRISTIAN MILNEIL  |  July 29, 2011

Killing ethanol

Estimates vary, but it's safe to say that restaurants and institutions (such as colleges or hospitals) waste tons of food every year; last September, a group of students at the College of the Atlantic noticed that their school was no exception.
Going green
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  June 10, 2011

Phoenix Editorial: When Safety Isn't Enough

 Interesting editorial from our sister paper, the Boston Phoenix, this week on the disaster in Japan:"Most people today," writes political philosopher John Gray, "think they...
By David Scharfenberg  |  March 17, 2011

On the meaning of trash

Providence cultural center AS220 wraps up the fall edition of its Action Speaks! panel discussion series with an examination of that oft-ignored byproduct of America's consumerist culture: trash.
Action Speaks!
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  October 22, 2010

Wind power craze

The White House brainstorms for the next election.
By DAVID KISH  |  October 15, 2010

Building a better world, by design

What if architects across America agreed to make every building they design 50 percent more energy-efficient — and keep improving until, by 2030, they're at carbon-neutral?
By MARION DAVIS  |  October 08, 2010

Mo' money, fewer problems

Now is the time to weather- and winter-ize our homes, and not just because the temperatures are dropping (the Old Farmer's Almanac is predicting a milder-than-usual winter).
Going green
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  October 01, 2010

Boycott BP?

Over the past few weeks, friends have posted pictures of defaced BP signs, or empty BP lots, on Facebook. There's a pretty big Boycott BP...
By Deirdre Fulton  |  June 23, 2010

Fee in lieu of parking vote -- TONIGHT!

Local sustainable transportation activists are making noise about tonight's Portland City Council meeting, which takes place at 7 pm at City Hall. Fees in lieu...
By Deirdre Fulton  |  June 21, 2010
The oil spill and energy efficiency

The oil spill and energy efficiency

We've all seen the interactive map that places the Gulf oil spill on top of your hometown or region. (Around here, it would span from...
By Deirdre Fulton  |  June 18, 2010

New Life for Wind?

Just a day after the federal government gave approval for the controversial Cape Wind project off the coast of Massachusetts, new hope for a stalled...
By David Scharfenberg  |  April 29, 2010

Deepwater Deal

Electricity deals don't generally scream "excitement." But Governor Carcieri's announcement of a 20-year agreement for National Grid to buy power from Deepwater Wind, the company...
By David Scharfenberg  |  December 09, 2009


How much do lobbyists pay to get their way?

In 2008, corporations spent more than $3 million to hire lobbyists to protect their interests at the Rhode Island State House.
Special interests are big spenders at the State House
By STEVEN STYCOS  |  March 18, 2009

Wind power and transmission

I write in this week's Phoenix about how booming wind power development will be hampered by limited ...
By Deirdre Fulton  |  February 12, 2009
Langevin on "aggressive" new energy-enviro panel

Langevin on "aggressive" new energy-enviro panel

  UPDATE: Release from Langevin's office: “I am proud to be a part of this energetic group ...
By Ian Donnis  |  January 27, 2009

Carcieri moves ahead with Deepwater

The gov's office has sent out a release with this news: Governor Donald L. Carcieri today announc...
By Ian Donnis  |  January 08, 2009