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LePage to Massachusetts governor: Blocking regional natural gas expansion is 'colossal mistake'
Bangor Daily News
Gov. Paul LePage is pressuring Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick to show greater support for the expansion of natural gas infrastructure in New England, a project which all the other New England governors have supported.
Western Maine natural gas line delayed
Summit Natural Gas has reportedly delayed its natural gas line proposed from Jay to Farmington and Livermore Falls until at least 2016.
The Lewiston Sun Journal reported that Summit's natural gas line in western and central Maine was previously expected by the end of this year.
Consumers losers in the rush to regulate oil-by-rail
There's no question that we must carefully consider the safety of how we move oil, whether by pipeline, rail, roadway or barge. But we should make those judgments based on data, not on emotion or hunches. We also need to consider the costs that such decisions might impose on consumers of oil and derivative products and services.
Rapid response team heads to Old Town Fuel & Fiber
Bangor Daily News
Furloughed Old Town Fuel & Fiber employees can learn about unemployment, continuing health care coverage and job retraining among other topics at meetings scheduled by the Maine Department of Labor.
About 180 millworkers found out the mill was closing. The company, owned by Lynn Tilton’s New York-based private equity firm Patriarch Partners, blamed foreign competition and increasing wood and energy costs for the shutdown.
South Portland plans war chest to defend tar sands ban against possible lawsuit
The ordinance that bars tar sands oil from the city may have only passed on July 21, but the city is already preparing for a legal challenge from the oil industry. In the City Council's workshop, which coincided with the Clear Skies Ordinance's first official day as law, councilors agreed to move forward with a a special legal fund to defend against a lawsuit from Portland Pipeline Corp.
How Nancy Pelosi helped this top Democrat donor nab millions in taxpayer money
The Daily Signal
Democrat billionaire Tom Steyer has donated more than $20 million to candidates and outside groups to influence this year’s election, making him the top individual contributor in 2014. And that’s just a fraction of the $50 million Steyer has said he’s willing to spend. The San Francisco-based environmental activist built his fortune through the Farallon Capital hedge fund he founded in 1986. As he was amassing his warchest, Steyer enjoyed close ties to the Democratic Party and one particular influential Californian: Nancy Pelosi.
Differences run deep over Searsport Harbor dredging plan
Portland Press Herald
Walking along a forested section of the town’s largely empty business park, David Maynard glances down the railroad tracks toward the Maine coast, some 55 miles away.
A proposal to deepen the shipping channel in Searsport would bring good-paying jobs to Milo and other towns in Maine’s economically depressed interior, he says. Those rails could transport wood products to Searsport, where they would be loaded onto ships bound for customers in Europe, he says.
Closing of Maine mill sets back paper industry's biofuel effort
Portland Press Herald
The closure of the Old Town Fuel and Fiber mill is a setback for the Maine pulp and paper industry’s efforts to break into biofuels production, industry representatives said.
The mill, owned by New York-based private equity firm Patriarch Partners, has ceased operations indefinitely and furloughed about 180 employees. While pulp remained the mill’s core business, it was the only facility in Maine experimenting with the production of biofuel on a commercial scale.
Greens launch pro-Republican push
The political arm of one of the nation’s biggest environmental groups is looking for allies in the unlikeliest of places: the Republican Party.
The Environmental Defense Action Fund is rolling out a seven-figure ad campaign to aid green-minded Republicans in the midterm elections, part of a longer-term effort to find GOP partners on priorities like climate change.
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The importance of momentum in marketing
By Randall Craig
What is the difference between a successful marketing campaign and an unsuccessful one? ROI is certainly the standard answer, but it is also completely insufficient. A single marketing campaign is not much different than a car going uphill, battling gravity with a driver giving a single pump of the gas pedal. Let off the gas, and it will eventually slow down, stop and then start rolling downhill. Likewise, the inertia of the market — competitive noise, client disinterest and short-term memories — can only be overcome with more than a single pump of marketing energy.
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