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NORA Reauthorized in Farm Bill
PMAA
We would like to thank all of the hard work put in by PMAA and NEFI to make sure NORA was Reauthorized. This small but important part of the Farm Bill above all else, represents the unifying of oilheat interests across the land to improve oilheat performance, technical capabilities and public awareness of the value of oilheat as a consumable resource.
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When government plays in markets, customers pay
Bangor Daily News
Government sometimes promises consumers that by paying higher prices now, they will pay lower prices later. The government gets into the market, but leaves all the risk to customers. It's happening again, and this time the market involved is New England. The six New England states have agreed to ask federal regulators to allow the cost of new natural gas pipelines to be included in electric rates. The region's power suppliers are increasingly using natural gas to replace imported oil and domestic coal. It beats the traditional fuels on price and environmental impact.
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Greens suffer another Keystone setback
Politico
The State Department recently released a final environmental study of the Keystone XL oil pipeline that increases the odds the project will win approval from the Obama administration, delivering yet another disappointment for climate activists.
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Tar sands could flow to New England if pipelines are built
Bangor Daily News
An increase in the consumption of gasoline made from tar sands, with its bigger carbon footprint, "would move the region backwards in its efforts to fight climate change," said a report by the Natural Resources Defense Council. The advocacy group is a leading critic of Canadian plans to expand production and shipment through new pipelines, including the Texas-bound Keystone XL system.
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The devastating impact of tar sands
The Portland Phoenix
Two activists with first-hand knowledge of how tar sands oil can devastate a region will share their perspectives with audiences in Portland and Orono, as part of a New England-wide Tar Sands Exposed tour sponsored by 350 Maine and the Natural Resources Council of Maine.
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Letter to the editor: South Portland tar sands ban reflects public opinion
The Portland Press Herald
Bob Whyte of South Portland, Maine, writes: "The letter 'Moratorium on tar sands oil ignores voters' decision' from Jan. 23 misrepresents many key facts about events in South Portland. In 300 words, I can correct only three. The citizens of South Portland are, in fact, undertaking a clear act of democratic self-determination."
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Portland protesters rally against Keystone XL pipeline, draw parallels to Maine pipeline
Bangor Daily News
Three days after a long-awaited federal report suggested the controversial Keystone XL pipeline would not have a significant effect on climate change, protesters gathered in Portland and three other Maine towns to urge President Barack Obama to reject the study and block the project.
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As UMF gas line plans proceed, sustainability group holds off on statement
Kennebec Journal
A natural gas pipeline linked to the University of Maine at Farmington would mean millions in savings for the school and a huge reduction in carbon emissions, but a campus coalition group seeking zero emissions is holding off on saying whether the pipeline will help meet that goal.
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Letter to the editor: Governors' natural gas push not the best energy solution
Portland Press Herald
Tom Fullam of Vassalboro, writes: "What's worse than big government? Government stooges representing big business and claiming to be tea party, like the attempt to use public funds to build gas infrastructure in our region. They want to charge consumers in advance to expand private businesses with a vague reference to lower utility costs (no details, of course) in the future. What bringing in natural gas would cost could build thousands of new ZeroEnergy homes."
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Classification of devices may tell the future of the subcategory's growth
CSPnet
Tobacco product or cessation device? Reduced-harm alternative or trendy gateway to underage smoking? Whether on NPR or in The New York Times or a local tobacco shop, there's plenty of debate on how electronic cigarettes should be classified. Yet rarely do you hear these products described as what they truly are: a tech device.
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CokeSolutions.com offers resources for c-stores
NACS
Convenience retailers who are seeking new ways to help their business thrive in 2014 can find information and resources at CokeSolutions.com — a website provided by The Coca-Cola Company that includes a designated section specifically for convenience stores. CokeSolutions offers an online experience with specialized tools, content and merchandise to help you attract business and enhance operations.
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Can butanol be the new ethanol?
Fuel Freedom
Even as the ethanol industry is wobbling over the Environmental Protection Agency's decision to cut back on the ethanol mandate in 2014, a new candidate has emerged as an additive to gasoline — butanol.
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