Mass vs Maine CO2

Whether one believes in man made global warming or what one may believe may be the extent of man made global warming, a couple of things are certain:

1. Fighting climate change was a strong rationale for the Maine expedited wind law which is resulting in widespread wind industrialization throughout Maine. Industrialization which never would have or should have been permitted.

2. Massachusetts is requiring its ratepayers to use a large percentage of renewable energy and may be expecting Maine to supply a significant portion of this, much likely via industrial wind projects. This is about to explode onto the scene in 2018.

However, Massachusetts is basically not willing or is unable to site wind projects in Massachusetts. If this grates on you, it will likely grate on you more when you look at the EPA's data on CO2 emissions from Massachusetts and Maine.

The following table compares the CO2 emissions for each state, as reported by the EPA, by sector for 2015, the most recent year where these data exist.

Emissions from Fossil Fuel Combustion 2015 (Source: EPA)

Note: %'s down add to 100% for each state.

The lowermost section of the above table is based on the Mass data divided by the Maine data (then multiplied by 100 for improved readability). For example, the 183 figure which is highlighted in gold means Mass's 17.1% electric power as a source of its overall CO2 emissions is 1.83 times higher than Maine's 9.4% electric power as a source of CO2. In other words, if they have a CO2 problem stemming from electricity, pound for pound, it's almost twice as high as Maine's. Yet Mass is the state telling us WE have to do something.

At the same time that only 9.4% of Maine's CO2 emissions are a result of generating electricity, a whopping 52.5% comes from transportation. What this means is that the planned wholesale industrialization of Maine's wild areas and its # 1 asset "Quality of Place" (Brookings Institute study 2007) is all about trying to reduce the tiny figure of 9.4%, with quite frankly, a power source that is likely not capable of reducing any CO2. Meanwhile, whereas the Maine legislature in 2008 passed the nightmarish expedited wind law, they more recently upped the speed limits on our roads such as I-95, an action guaranteed to increase CO2 emissions.

The problem is not electricity folks. The problem is the wind industry and its plans to blight Maine with an incredible coming wave of wind turbine and attendant transmission. And yes, the problem is also Massachusetts.

And we haven't even addressed the fact that Maine is the # 1 forested state in the nation at 89%, while Mass has but 52.5% forest cover.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Forest_cover_by_state_in_the_United_States

A more thorough 50 state and 26 year analysis (1990-2015) of the EPA data can be downloaded at:

co2ffc_2015_L_Jan%201%2C%202018.xlsx

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Comment by Sherwin Start on April 9, 2018 at 11:05pm

THIS STILL DOES NOT ANSWER MY QUESTION - WHY IS IT THAT MAINE HAS TO SUPPLY POWER TO MASS.-  I THINK THAT MASS. Needs to Look  to MORE SOLAR  power to REDUCE THeir EMISSIONS!

THIS CLAMOR  to REDUCE CO-2  emissions  is DESTROYING THE  STATE OF MAINE and its TOURISM INDUSTRY -BIG-TIME -Not to mention the  RAPING Of the LAnd  and Mountain Tops ! MAINE CANNOT BE HELD RESPONSIBLE  for MASS.'s  GLUTONOUS  DEMAN For ELECTRICAL POWER !!

THE GOVERNMENT  Needs to TEACH  the CITIZENS  of MASS.  HOW TO CONSERVE POWER USEAGE .

THAT IS NOT MAINES PROBLEM - MAINE HAS ENOUGH OF THEIR OWN  PROBLEMS  to Solve ! 

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Maine Center For Public Interest Reporting – Three Part Series: A CRITICAL LOOK AT MAINE’S WIND ACT (excerpts) From Part 1 – On Maine’s Wind Law “Once the committee passed the wind energy bill on to the full House and Senate, lawmakers there didn’t even debate it. They passed it unanimously and with no discussion. House Majority Leader Hannah Pingree, a Democrat from North Haven, says legislators probably didn’t know how many turbines would be constructed in Maine if the law’s goals were met." . – Maine Center for Public Interest Reporting, August 2010  http://www.pinetreewatchdog.org/wind-power-bandwagon-hits-bumps-in-the-road-3/From Part 2 – On Wind and Oil Yet using wind energy doesn’t lower dependence on imported foreign oil. That’s because the majority of imported oil in Maine is used for heating and transportation. And switching our dependence from foreign oil to Maine-produced electricity isn’t likely to happen very soon, says Bartlett. “Right now, people can’t switch to electric cars and heating – if they did, we’d be in trouble.” So was one of the fundamental premises of the task force false, or at least misleading?"  http://www.pinetreewatchdog.org/wind-swept-task-force-set-the-rules/From Part 3 – On Wind-Required New Transmission Lines Finally, the building of enormous, high-voltage transmission lines that the regional electricity system operator says are required to move substantial amounts of wind power to markets south of Maine was never even discussed by the task force – an omission that Mills said will come to haunt the state.“If you try to put 2,500 or 3,000 megawatts in northern or eastern Maine – oh, my god, try to build the transmission!” said Mills. “It’s not just the towers, it’s the lines – that’s when I begin to think that the goal is a little farfetched.” http://www.pinetreewatchdog.org/flaws-in-bill-like-skating-with-dull-skates/

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