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The simmering climate battle over natural-gas exports
A fight is brewing over whether Energy Department regulators should weigh the impact of liquefied natural gas on climate change before granting companies permission to ship the product abroad.
The dueling pressures on the department from industry officials and green groups are part of a wider dispute over whether natural gas is a friend or enemy in battles against global warming.
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Fire chief to weigh in on Sea-3
Portsmouth Fire Chief Steve Achilles is scheduled to appear at a City Council meeting to address the council's concerns about the potential increase of propane rail cars on city tracks.
Achilles will make a presentation on the department's "assessment of the rail transportation of liquid propane gas," because of a request by City Council.
US biofuel boondoggle is bureaucracy at its worst
The American Interest
What a mess this is. Under the Renewable Fuel Standard, American refiners are required to blend ethanol into the fuel they produce, and the amount of ethanol mandated increases annually. But the deadline for refiners to meet the quotas for last year still hasn’t been finalized. In fact, he EPA just kicked the can further down the road.
The chain of environmental command: How a club of billionaires and their foundations control the environmental movement and Obama's EPA
United States Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works
In his 2010 State of the Union Address, President Obama famously chided the Supreme
Court for its recent campaign finance decision by proclaiming, “With all due deference to the
separation of powers, the Supreme Court reversed a century of law to open the floodgates for
special interests – including foreign corporations – to spend without limit in our elections."
another speech he further lamented, “There aren’t a lot of functioning democracies around the
world that work this way where you can basically have millionaires and billionaires bankrolling
whoever they want, however they want, in some cases undisclosed. What it means is ordinary
Americans are shut out of the process.”
These statements are remarkable for their blatant hypocrisy and obfuscation of the fact
that the President and his cadre of wealthy liberal allies and donors embrace the very tactics he
ReEnergy to restart Ashland biomass plant idled since 2011
Bangor Daily News
The New York-based owner of four biomass plants in Maine plans to restart its Ashland operation by the end of the year, with a ramp-up that will include hiring 25 people, buying mill and forest byproducts and assessing and re-tuning equipment.
What if Congress set an example for Maine, solved the nation's highway funding problem?
Bangor Daily News
When does Congress take on the real work of governing?
That was a central question surrounding the debate as the Senate and House went back and forth on different approaches to keeping the nation’s Highway Trust Fund solvent.
The final answer? Next May.
Finance Authority of Maine boosts limit on commercial loan insurance program
The Finance Authority of Maine is upping the maximum limit of a popular commercial loan insurance program by 50 percent, the organization said.
The six-year-old insurance program’s limit has been increased from a total exposure per loan of $250,000 to $375,000.
DOE approves Oregon LNG to export liquefied natural gas
The U.S. Department of Energy announced that it has conditionally authorized LNG Development Co., LLC (Oregon LNG) to export domestically produced liquefied natural gas to countries that do not have a Free Trade Agreement with the United States, from the Oregon LNG Terminal in Warrenton, Oregon. The Oregon LNG application was next in the order of precedence and review of the application was initiated before the department issued the recent proposed procedural change.
Liberating workers from email hell
Portland Press Herald
Dustin Moskovitz is plotting an escape from email.
The 30-year-old entrepreneur has learned a lot about communication since he teamed up with his college roommate Mark Zuckerberg to create Facebook a decade ago, and that knowledge is fueling an audacious attempt to change the way people connect at work, where the incessant drumbeat of email has become an excruciating annoyance.
Company that appealed Maine liquor marketing contract award decides not to bid for the work
Bangor Daily News
After spending years preparing to bid on the new state wholesale liquor contract, and successfully appealing this spring when part of it was awarded to someone else, Ford Reiche has decided to walk away.
The president of Dirigo Spirits and former Auburn businessman said his company decided not to bid again on the marketing portion of the state liquor contract after Maine rewrote its request for proposals.
Letter to the editor: More thought needed for 'Clearer Skies'
Portland Press Herald
R. Ted Laguerre writes, "I note with interest the proceedings in South Portland under the powers that be there, who didn’t like the results of last November’s citywide vote on Canada oil.
The so-called 'Clear Skies Ordinance' that the City Council adopted last month so horribly misses the point as to provide no sense whatsoever toward solving the world’s dilemma of best practices for managing much-needed energy."
A missed opportunity
Margaret T. Johnson writes, "As a resident of South Portland, I am grateful that the fat lady has not yet sung and dropped the curtain on the SoPo waterfront controversy. I attended many of the public meetings during these debates and observed that there are only 300-400 people, some of them from out of town, who donned blue T-shirts and regularly rallied and regularly spoke against every part of the oil industry in South Portland. So often did the same speakers speak that I could, by the time of the July 21 council meeting, predict with pretty fair accuracy what each one of them would say. It is clear that many of them hold their fears and beliefs pretty dear and would like to see even the present level of petroleum activity on the waterfront shut down."
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How will NLRB's 'joint employer' ruling affect c-stores?
The convenience store industry is reacting to the decision by the National Labor Relations Board that McDonald's Corp. can be held liable for labor and wage violations in cases of labor infractions by its franchise owners.
The ruling, which Oak Brook, Ill.-based McDonald's will challenge, identifies the franchisor as a joint employer of workers in franchised locations. This decision upends decades of legal precedents that protected franchisors from lawsuits because franchised locations operated as separate legal entities.
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