The Bangor Daily News reports today that a tidal energy company in Washington DC may want to install underwater generators in the Penobscot River near Verona Island. Maine Tidal Energy Co. filed a request for a prelimary permit from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. This permit is the first step to evaluate whether a large underwater turbine project is feasible in the Penobscot River.
Today, the Natural Resources Council of Maine and Environment Maine released a 60 plus page report on how governors in New England can rein in gas costs and fight global warming.
Jennifer Andersen, outreach coordinator of the Natural Resources Council of Maine, and Matt Davis, advocate for Environment Maine, released the study, which is endorsed by Peter Cavanaugh, director of operations at Metro, and Carey Kish, manager of the statewide carpooling network Go Maine.
The Maine Supreme Court overturned a lower court's ruling barring the Taxpayer Bill of Rights (TABOR) from appearing on this November's ballot. The Supreme Court ruled that the signatures to get TABOR on the ballot which were submitted late should in fact be accepted and TABOR will now go to Maine voters.
TABOR limits the state's budget to a formula based on population plus inflation.
The lawyer who outed Deep Throat will give a lecture at USM this month aptly titled "Bring Down a President and You'll Need a Good Lawyer." John O'Connor represents the FBI's former deputy director W. Mark Felt (aka Deep Throat), who secretly leaked information leading to the Watergate scandal to Washington Post reporters Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein during the early 1970s.
WGME 13 reports that the Christian Civic League of Maine, whose infamous leader Michael Heath has for years led the charge against all things straying from his interpretation of the Bible, is calling for a boycott of the upcoming movie "The Da Vinci Code," which will hit theaters around the country and here in Portland on May 19th.
We just got word that there will be another rally for immigrants' rights this weekend, organized by the Immigrant Legal Advocacy Project in Portland. This rally will happen this Saturday, April 22. Meet behind the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception on Congress Street at 10 am for a march down to Monument Square. The rally should last until around noontime.
The Portland City Council is gearing up to consider another limit on nightlife in the Old Port by preventing bars from staying open past 1 am. Gary Wood, attorney for the city, will propose a 180 day moratorium on after-hours licenses in the Old Port at the next council meeting tomorrow night -Wednesday, April 19, at 7 pm. If it passes, the city will likely use those 180 days to craft clearer, objective standards for the granting of after-hours licenses.
Note: The Iraq War forum will be held on April 21, not April 14 as originally posted.
A forum on the Iraq War appears not to be on the to-do list for all of the elected officials invited, but it will go on as planned anyway.
A coalition of more than 40 Maine peace and social justice groups are hosting a two hour town meeting on the Iraq War on Friday, April 21 at 6:30 pm, at the University of Southern Maine.