Friday March 01, 2013 | 06:10 AM

Yesterday, our Washington bureau chief Kevin Miller filed a report that Maine's congressional delegation has requested State Department review of any proposal that might pump Canadian tar sands oil across the border into Maine and the Port of Portland.

The development was an small but significant victory for the 1400 protesters who marched against the tar sands along the Portland waterfront a few weeks ago.

Today, Bloomberg Businessweek published a long-form feature on Vermont activist Bill McKibben, whose 350.org climate advocacy group helped orchestrate the Portland rally in January. The story mostly focuses on the larger Keystone XL pipeline proposal, which would link Alberta to ports and refineries in Texas, but the principles are the same, and McKibben's Yankee sensibilities will probably feel familiar to some Mainers (for instance, he's a big believer in grassroots democracy, and he really likes winter). Read it here.

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