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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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China Syndrome

Massachusetts has successfully jumped way out in front of every other state in the race for a share of the emerging trillion-dollar clean-energy market — which might end up meaning nothing, as the United States pisses away its chance to be part of that
Ian Bowles reflects on moving Massachusetts into the lead on clean energy -- and how the feds might have thrown it all away
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  March 18, 2011
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Grading the cabinet

As we watch President Barack Obama replace the federal government's old, unpopular, Republican department heads with fresh, bright talent, it's hard not to think back two years, to the start of Governor Deval Patrick's first term as governor of Massachus
At the midway point of Governor Deval Patrick's first term, we issua a report card for his cabinet
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  January 21, 2009
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Time to break a sweat

Deval Patrick won the governor’s office by raising expectations that he could quickly make a difference on Beacon Hill.
Massachusetts may be beyond reform, but couldn’t Governor Patrick try a little harder?
By EDITORIAL  |  April 16, 2008
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The million-dollar widow

The powerhouses of Massachusetts’s Democratic Party have rallied behind Niki Tsongas’s bid to succeed Fifth District US Congressman Marty Meehan.
Why is the Niki Tsongas juggernaut heading backward? Plus, ignoring global warming close to home.
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  July 26, 2007


Hurtful speech

 I can’t remember the last time so many commentators from diverse points of view got together in a kumbaya circle.
Letters to the Boston editor: April 27, 2007
By BOSTON PHOENIX LETTERS  |  April 25, 2007
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That dirty water

Much of the heart and soul of historic Boston is in danger of sinking into the marshy ooze on which it was built over the centuries.
Why doesn’t the Patrick administration think that’s an environmental issue?
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  April 11, 2007
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The GOP’s tin ear

Anyone still wondering whether the GOP has lost touch with the electorate can find more evidence in the controversy over newly elected congressman Keith Ellison, the first Muslim elected to the United States Congress.
Republican silence in the face of attacks on the first Muslim congressman speaks volumes. Plus, Deval Patrick misses a “teachable moment.”
By EDITORIAL  |  December 27, 2006