Read the latest news stories and opinion pieces related to the environment, including Maine’s air, land, water, and wildlife, in this month’s News & Noteworthy from the Natural Resources Council of Maine.
January 21, 2021
In his first hours in office, President Biden recommitted the United States to the Paris Climate Accord, cancels the controversial Keystone XL tar sands pipeline, and begins to reverse environmental rollbacks from the previous administration. All good news for the environment! Learn more in this New York Times story.
Speaking of rollbacks, NRCM recently joined in a lawsuit against the Trump Administration’s weak soot standards, which increase public health concerns from air pollution.
As food banks work to provide food to more and more people during the pandemic, the Good Shepherd Food Bank had some good news: generous donors have made it possible to install solar to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and provide energy at their Auburn headquarters.
And in Aroostook County, a new solar array is being built near the Presque Isle airport. Learn more from the Bangor Daily News.
Two Maine legislators recently shared their views about Hydro-Quebec and why they should not be allowed to be involved in Maine politics. Hydro-Quebec stands to make billions of dollars from the controversial proposed CMP corridor.
If you haven’t yet ordered your copy of the new book about the Penobscot River Restoration Project, read a review of the book from a recent BDN column by George Smith. Then visit the Islandport Press website to order your copy.
January 14, 2021
The Natural Resources Council of Maine rolled out a new podcast format this week, with our Advocacy Communications Director Colin Durrant speaking with advocates about the latest news and information you need to know about Maine’s environment. These podcasts will be released every two weeks, and we will include links to them here in News & Noteworthy each week that they are released. Listen to today’s podcast, which covers 2021’s unique legislative session, a new effort to restore the Kennebec, and reflects on the seismic changes happening at the federal level.
Did you see this Maine Public story about how, for the first time, Maine’s State Parks reached a new attendance record this year — with more than three million people visiting parks around the state?
As much attention is focused on the federal level these days, here is a Reuters story about President-elect Biden’s work ahead to begin to solve the climate crisis while creating good-paying jobs and boosting the economy.
Speaking of renewable energy, the Land Use Planning Commission this week approved zoning changes for the newly reopened Saddleback Mountain Ski Resort so that they can start work on an $8 million solar farm.
January 8, 2021
The Natural Resources Council of Maine and our allies in the Kennebec Coalition were instrumental in the precedent-setting removal of the Edwards Dam on the Kennebec River in 1999. Now, federal regulators are looking at four dams further up the Kennebec that are blocking restoration of the Atlantic salmon population in that river. Read more in this Portland Press Herald story by Colin Woodard.
NRCM, along with Sierra Club Maine and the Appalachian Mountain Club continue to work to stop the CMP corridor, this time with a request to appeal an earlier decision about the construction. Read more in this Portland Press Herald news story.
The Maine Board of Environmental Protection denied a request submitted by NRCM and others to ban out-of-state waste at state-owned landfills. The Board did agree to add environmental justice as a standard in discussions of solid waste facilities. Read more in this week’s Portland Press Herald.
And we will leave you this week on a positive note: we had one last story about our virtual Polar Bear Dip & Dash, this time from Newscenter Maine.