Category: Economics

A New Utility Model

A New Utility Model

There’s a growing gap between what Maine’s ratepayers want and what they’re getting from the state’s dominant electric utility, Central Maine Power (CMP). The wish list is short: reliable power, low cost and low...

Slowing Vampire Energy Loss

Slowing Vampire Energy Loss

Halloween is approaching, bringing a night of ghosts and ghouls – or at least bored teenagers bearing shaving-cream. The phantoms on your doorstep may not be real, but indoors you are likely to encounter...

Resisting a Rollback of Emissions Standards

Resisting a Rollback of Emissions Standards

As ineffectual as this president appears, his Cabinet members are stealthily orchestrating destructive changes. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt is intent on subverting that agency’s mission. At the behest of automakers, he is...

A Yes Worth Seizing

A Yes Worth Seizing

If political turbulence has you feeling sick, the patch you might need is Naomi Klein’s new book, “No Is Not Enough: Resisting Trump’s Shock Politics and Winning the World We Need” (Haymarket Books, 2017)....

The Great Promise of Tiny Homes

The Great Promise of Tiny Homes

“Life started feeling very much like a double-edged sword – to be working so much to pay for a house we don’t own, are never at, and don’t have time to enjoy because all...

Drawdown: Exploring Solutions to Climate Change

Drawdown: Exploring Solutions to Climate Change

In a month that began with the president’s misguided decision to withdraw from the Paris climate accord, I was heartened to discover an inspiring new project and book, “Drawdown: The Most Comprehensive Plan Ever...

A “Shocking” Regression: Sen. George Mitchell Reflects on the Environment and Politics

A “Shocking” Regression: Sen. George Mitchell Reflects on the Environment and Politics

A “low point for the American environment,” a “dark and difficult time,” a period when the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency was in “chaos and despair.” Those could be contemporary descriptors, but they portray the...

Getting brighter about LED bulbs

Getting brighter about LED bulbs

“There is no such thing as a free lunch,” biologist Barry Commoner wrote in 1971, proposing that as one of four “laws of ecology.” We’ve had decades to absorb that lesson but it still...