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    October 26, 2018

    Two hours with Bent Urup

    On Sept. 25, I awoke in Odense, Denmark, home of famed Danish storyteller Hans Christian Andersen. I walked to the train station and took a half-hour train ride to Fredericia, where I was picked up by a daughter of Bent Urup. Bent Urup is a gregarious and energetic man, and he loves to talk about his work. He is perhaps the world’s foremost expert on Recirculating Aquaculture Systems, which Nordic Aquafarms plans …

  • Published
    October 12, 2018

    OPINION: 24 hours in Denmark

    Editor’s note: The Republican Journal does not fact-check opinion columns. This column reflects the writer’s opinion and personal research. I was getting worried. I had been procrastinating about getting lodging in the far northwest corner of Denmark, where I was planning to look at the Denmark operations of Nordic Aquafarms, a Norwegian company that wants to build in Belfast one of the biggest industrial salmon …

  • Published
    September 27, 2018

    The most toxic food in the world?

    Kurt Oddekalv is a big, burly man. Oddekalv founded the Green Warriors, a Norwegian environmental group that is the bane of Norway’s fish farm industry. “I’ve been fighting them for 30 years,” Oddekalv said as we drove through a rough, windswept North Atlantic landscape to a sea-based salmon farm in Rong, Norway, about an hour northwest of Bergen, Norway’s second-biggest city. “They fooled me for the first five …

  • Published
    September 14, 2018

    Russian interference cuts both ways

    According to six U.S. intelligence agencies, the Russian government interfered with the 2016 elections, and according to Director of Intelligence Dan Coats, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and former Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, the Russian government has been working to interfere with this year’s midterm election. Six months ago, on March 16, President Trump said, “We won’t allow that to happen. We’re doing …

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    August 31, 2018

    OPINION: The Nordic emails

    On March 26, 2018, Nordic Aquafarms CEO Erik Heim sent a long email to Belfast City Manager Joseph Slocum and Belfast Economic Development Director Thomas Kittredge. In the email, Heim repeatedly expresses concern about the level of Belfast opposition to Nordic’s plans to build in Belfast one of the biggest industrial salmon farms in the world. Heim hints that perhaps the level of that opposition has been …

  • Published
    August 16, 2018

    OPINION: The Deloitte report

    On June 26 I made a Maine Freedom of Access Act request for all emails between the City of Belfast and Nordic Aquafarms CEO Erik Heim for Jan. 1, 2017, through June 25, 2018, and on July 31, I requested all emails between the city and Deloitte, a global consulting company hired by the city to report on the financial viability and environmental sustainability of Nordic’s plans to build one of the world’s biggest …

  • Published
    August 3, 2018

    Land of adventure

    The Mediterranean island of Corsica is a land of adventure. It is ancient pastel towns, pristine beaches, and mountains of unsurpassed beauty. In summer extended families from the mainland camp in coastal campgrounds in big tents and small pull-behind camper trailers, after disembarking from big ferries that are accompanied to the island by dolphins swimming alongside the vessels. In one of those campgrounds I …

  • Published
    July 20, 2018

    OPINION: Civility starts with truth

    There has been much talk of incivility plaguing the Nordic Aquafarms debate, but truth is the essence of civility, and here Nordic is coming up woefully short. In two recent columns I wrote about numerous misrepresentations made by Nordic regarding its proposed Belfast fish factory, such as the suggestion that fish can’t escape from land-based fish factories — they can and they do. But since the publication of …

  • Published
    July 6, 2018

    Your very own Senate Farce Guide

    This column is dedicated to the memory of Gerald Fischman, John McNamara, Rebecca Smith, Wendi Winters, and Rob Hiassen, a 59-year-old columnist who took long walks to clear his head. This is how it’s going to play out. Take it to the bank. President Trump is going to announce his pick to replace Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy in the most dignified way possible, by tweet. Thanks to a high-level source in …

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    June 22, 2018

    Bruce Poliquin's perfectly legal hallucinations

    If you think Bruce Poliquin is a lousy congressman, just be glad he’s not your police chief. In three and a half years in Congress, Poliquin’s crowning achievement is the introduction of the Food Stamp Integrity Act. Poliquin’s bold and daring bill takes dead aim at one of the 2nd Congressional District’s most powerful voting blocks: convicted felons. The bill would bar all convicted felons from receiving food …

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