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Thursday, December 12, 2019
  • Deep State: Conclusion — Do or Die
    Good consumer choices — we’ve been well trained to think of ourselves as consumers — won’t let you off the hook in helping avoid environmental catastrophe. That’s because time is extremely short, millions upon millions of people will refuse or be unable to make those choices, and powerful economic forces ...
  • Deep State: Decline and Extinction in Maine
    Scientists have solidly confirmed that insects and birds have rapidly declined in vast numbers worldwide. The declines are interrelated; many bird species depend on insects for food. The implications of the declines are shocking....
  • Deep State: Republicans and the Climate Crisis
    Our Confronting the End of Everything series discusses how, politically, Maine people could help avoid the human-caused environmental disasters facing the earth. These include global warming, a million species risking extinction, and ...
  • Deep State: Conservation — The Forgotten Alternative
    In the 1970s’ Energy Crisis, America’s dependence on oil was the leading villain, and the problem was largely political and economic. Middle Eastern countries restricted the supply; prices at the pump shot up. In our vastly more ...
  • Deep State: Is Mills for Real on Climate Change?
    Gov. Janet Mills got a lot of attention when she stood before the United Nations General Assembly’s Climate Action Summit on September 23 and announced she had signed an executive order pledging Maine to become “carbon neutral” ...
  • Deep State: Democrats: Will They Save Us?
    At noon on Friday, September 20, a gorgeous sunny day, a spirited rally about love and death took place in Portland. Love and death of the Earth. There was singing, chanting, colorful signs and banners, and speeches by young ...
  • Deep State: Practical Green Politics
    Our Confronting the End of Everything series takes up how, politically, Maine people could help avoid the environmental disasters facing them and the Earth. Here, we further examine the opportunities for Green Party candidates and ...
  • Deep State: Confronting the End of Everything — Why Can’t the Green Party Do Better?
    This week Deep State begins a series — Confronting the End of Everything — on how, politically, Maine people could grapple with the enormous environmental threats facing them and the Earth. Here we discuss the Green Party ...
  • Deep State: The Maine Mountains Park
    I’ve recently been writing about the increasing environmental threats to the Maine North Woods, especially to the forests of the western Maine mountains. This column proposes a Maine Mountains Park, modeled on New York State’s Adirondack ...
  • Deep State: Threats to the North Woods Multiply
    Why is a Democratic governor who professes environmental concerns supporting two policies that environmentalists fear would help destroy Maine’s magnificent North Woods? Both are policies Janet Mills inherited from the administration ...
  • Deep State: Political Anxiety 101
    The author Arlie Russell Hochschild gave a talk a couple of weeks ago at the Damariscotta library about her 2016 book, “Strangers in Their Own Land: Anger and Mourning on the American Right.” The room was packed with liberals ...
  • Deep State: Prison Reform
    In March, Deep State disclosed that there had been a big increase over several years in prisoner assaults on guards in the Maine prison system — especially, in the maximum-security Maine State Prison. Corrections commissioner ...
  • Deep State: Public Beach Access Thwarted
    “A big day for Daddy Warbucks today!” That was Rep. Jeffrey Evangelos’s exclamation after the surprising and overwhelming defeat in the Maine Senate of a bill he had worked hard for. It would have legally allowed public access between ...
  • Deep State: Maine’s “Private” Beaches Could Soon Be Public ... Maybe
    Maine courts have said — forcefully, in recent decades — that the (often, rich) people on the coast own the beaches and rocks between high and low tide in front of their (often, summer) homes. And that they have the right to kick people ...
  • Deep State: Public Power: Would It Be Green Power?
    The May 14 hearing on the bill, LD 1646, to have the state government take over our two big electric utilities, Central Maine Power Co. and Emera Maine, produced a predictable flurry of news, with the proposal’s pros and cons fiercely ...
  • Deep State: The ecosystem defends itself — The Sierra Club’s Climate Conference
    Three people stifled sobs when they spoke. I was surprised how emotional things were. But I shouldn’t have been. In Maine, May is the cruelest month. Here we were on this cool-warm, cloudy-sunny spring day, with blossoms on ...
  • Deep State: In the North Woods Power-Line Fight, Who Will Triumph? Insiders or Outsiders?
    Whether CMP’s unpopular transmission line should be built through the Maine North Woods—a policy question—is being debated widely. But less has been discussed about the politics of the battle. Who’s fighting whom was the subject of ...
  • Deep State: Why the Deeply Unpopular CMP Power-Line Corridor Through the North Woods May Nevertheless Be Built
    Whether CMP’s giant transmission line should be built through the Maine North Woods — a policy question — is being debated widely. But less has been publicly discussed about the politics of the battle. Who’s fighting whom, and who’s ...
  • Deep State: How to Reduce Mass Incarceration? Easy: Put fewer people in jail and prison
    Editor’s Note: Last week Deep State looked at how well Maine rehabilitates prisoners to reduce the high proportion who return to prison. This week it looks at how to have fewer people locked up in the first place...
  • Deep State: Violence Increases, Prison Population Climbs and No State Money for Rehabilitation
    Last fall an inmate stabbed a guard in the arm in the high-risk “close custody” unit of the Maine State Prison in Warren, according to Randall Liberty, Maine’s new commissioner of the Department of Corrections, who was warden at ...
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