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Stepping forward: Young Mainers leading on issues from climate to criminal justice

By Evan Popp

Maine may be the oldest state in the country. But a burgeoning movement of progressive youth making their voices heard on issues ranging from climate change to criminal justice reform — combined with a growing number of young legislators in Augusta — is leaving an unmistakable imprint on the state’s politics.


Mainers want action on climate change. The Build Back Better Act will deliver it.

Photo: George Danby , BDN

Rep. Genevieve McDonald, a lobster boat captain, represents District 134 in the Maine House of Representatives. She is the House chair of the Legislature’s Government Oversight Committee and a member of the Marine Resources Committee.


Puffin chick survival rate plummets on Maine’s coastal islands

By Ethan Genter Photo: Robert F. Bukaty , AP

This past year was a particularly bad one for the young Atlantic puffins that nest on Maine’s coastal islands.


What You Need To Know Before You Cast Your Vote On CMP Corridor Referendum

By Caitlin Andrews Photo: Robert F. Bukaty , AP

It has been two years since opponents of Central Maine Power’s electric hydropower project first launched an attempt to bring it down at the ballot box. A failed question and millions of dollars in spending later, Maine residents will soon have their chance to weigh in on the project’s future.


How prepared are Maine’s electric utilities for climate disruptions?

By Marina Schauffler

In the wake of Ida, a hurricane intensified by the warming climate, more than a million electric consumers in Louisiana and hundreds of thousands more households across the eastern U.S. lost power.


Code Red for the Climate Demands New Behavior by CMP

By Jack Shapiro Photo: Beth Comeau

On the same day that the Portland Press Herald reported about an alarming new climate study that has been called “code red for humanity,” it also carried a front-page story about Central Maine Power’s (CMP) continued failure to help solar energy projects connect with the electrical grid as part of Maine’s response to climate change.


Maine Is a Trailblazer in Holding Companies Accountable for Recycling Packaging Waste

By David M. Kuchta Photo: Anton Petrus / Getty Images

This summer, Maine became the first state in the U.S. to enact an Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) for Packaging law, which requires companies that produce packaging waste to help pay for the costs of its recycling and disposal. Less than a month later, Oregon followed suit. Similar bills are under consideration in several other states.


UMaine to join Bangor and Orono in fighting climate change

By Alex Haskell

The University of Maine is partnering with Bangor and Orono to address their impact on the local climate.


ICYMI: Secretary Granholm Visited Maine and New Hampshire to Tour Renewable Energy Infrastructure

 On Friday, U.S. Secretary of Energy Jennifer M. Granholm traveled to Maine and New Hampshire to join U.S. Senator Angus King, U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan, and U.S. Representative Chris Pappas to tour renewable energy facilities across New England and emphasize the benefits of clean energy research and development.


Conservation groups file lawsuit against owner of central Maine dams, citing violation of Endangered Species Act

By Amy Calder Photo: Michael J. Seamans , Morning Sentinel File

The lawsuit, filed in U.S. District Court by the Atlantic Salmon Federation and other conservation groups, alleges Brookfield Renewable Partners are harming and killing endangered Atlantic salmon and other sea-run fish at four dams on the Kennebec River.