Climate refugees could see safety in Maine ?

Climate refugees could see safety in

Maine ?

And how can we prepare for migration triggered by extreme weather.


At first, all eyes were on Hurricane Harvey. Then attention turned – momentarily – to the wildfires raging out West before riveting on Hurricane Irma.

Cascading natural disasters in a warming world raise the specter of mass dislocation. Sea-level rise, drought, wildfires and floods could displace hundreds of millions of people. Following Hurricane Katrina, New Orleans lost about 90,000 residents, a third of whom settled in Houston – where Harvey affected roughly 100,000 homes.

“Climate change could lead to a humanitarian crisis of epic proportions,” Brig. Gen. Stephen Cheney, CEO of the American Security Project, observed last year. “We’re already seeing migration of large numbers of people around the world because of food scarcity, water insecurity and extreme weather, and this is set to become the new normal.”

“The population of Maine will increase dramatically in the next 20 years,” predicts Paul Mayewski, director of the University of Maine’s Climate Change Institute. “I truly believe that.”

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Comment by Paula D Kelso on September 18, 2017 at 9:02pm

Yep pure lunacy, my favorite part to mock:

That technocratic approach, she cautions, can exclude people who need to be part of the conversation. “What I worry about is the human dimension. How can we adapt in ways that don’t favor those already best able to adapt?”

You nasty agile adapters out there knock it off. You're just taking advantage of the less gifted out there. We'll all be better off if we lower our own performance levels and accept our fellow citizens shortcomings more gracefully. You betcha.

Comment by Eskutassis on September 17, 2017 at 11:03pm

This article is pure lunacy, liberal driven climate change lunacy! If there is going to be any migration from the southern part of our country, (and I have lived there) they will not move this far north. They hate winter, (many of them went South from here to begin with) and despite predictions, we will continue to have six months of cold and snow every year. That's not going to end in the next century. Maine only has a total population of a little over a million residents and the number that will have to relocate in the ill perceived "climate change" scam will be in the high millions. We don't have the places or housing or business or infrastructure or economy or ANYTHING to entice them to come. They may move to the MidAtlantic or Midwestern states, or west to Arizona, New Mexico or Nevada, but they won't even consider Maine.

What reason would they possibly come here for? Great Jobs? No. Cheap energy to build a business? No. Lot's of extra housing? No. Welfare? Probably.

Comment by Sherwin Start on September 17, 2017 at 5:22pm

When they Move NORTH they Will Find   that MOTHER NATURE  will follow them in the Form of  ICE & Snow  & Blizzards  And Frozen Vehivcles  and BONE   NUMBING Cold !! They will also experience  OUT-RAGEUS  HEATING Bills  and   Energy  Bills that will cost More  ALL Of their COMBINED  energy Bills living in the South -  AND THAT FOLKS  IS  A FACT !! 

Comment by Eric A. Tuttle on September 17, 2017 at 4:22pm

Textile vanished primarily due to pollution and Non Assistance aka subsidies to the industry to assist in upgrading their facilities to the ever increasing standards for water quality. Though the shift to the midwest during the 1960's to increase what became "corporate" farming with subsidies rapidly enable Maine's downfall of textile production. Maine farmers were either paid NOT to produce or were regulated out of business, though some hung on until the very last threat. The shift to the Midwest shows us that Corporations had the power (juice) to subsidise farmers under their control, funding them if prices were low when production was high or funding those same corporate farms if prices were high and they could not produce a profit. Maine was left with an uneven playing field. Eventually even the Dairy industry came under the hammer along with locally grown and sold food. 

The Shoe industry, also vanished due to pollution, though not primarily of their own doing rather that of the Tanning Industry. Though again the resources needed in hides slowly vanished due to the shift to the Midwest and the corporate farms.

Paper making even with its pollution essentially became its own worst enemy with its over production to meet the worlds needs and over concentration on deforesting a state. Now again shifting the midwest and to other locations to repeat their mistakes. Though their thought may be to return to Maine in another century after regrowth, it may be to late should Maine become a Plantation State for other industrial purposes with Wind, Solar, Transmission, mining being a few of the new destructive forces of Maine's remaining forest lands. But..... Will there be any sustainability on any remaining lands for a forest, should our water quality be diminished or worse, destroyed by these Corporate Raiders. 

Comment by jan van eck on September 17, 2017 at 3:53pm

It is ludicrous to think that people living in the South or Florida are suddenly going to abandon those States to go park themselves in Maine.  You forget that Maine is everything that they are not:  cold, snowy, icy water, taciturn attitudes, black flies.  The total "weather-induced" migration will be zero. 

What the SOutherners will do si invest money into accommodating frainstorms.  Houses are built easily enough with a cast one-piece baxement, with the four corners attached to fur "telephone pole" guideposts.  When you get a flood, the entire house simply lifts up, held in place by hoop guides onto those poles.  The utilities are connected via flexible umbilical cords.  The garage is built the same way.  When it storms and floods, the house and garage majestically rise with the tide, and the homeowner sits inside, all nice and comfy, reading the newspaper.  When the flood subsides, the house settles back into its cradle.  What's not to like? 

Nobody is going to move.  And if they do, it won't be past Oklahoma. 

Comment by Monique Aniel Thurston on September 17, 2017 at 2:01pm

I have seen in my thirty five years in Maine either the decline or the disappearance of the textile, shoe making and paper making industries. The mom and pop shops  have largely been swept away by large corporations. The school budgets are too costly for most of  the  small towns and the property taxes growing faster and the depopulation showing no sign of diminishing. Yes indeed there need to be some serious  job planning and incentives for attracting entrepreneurs in Maine ( decreasing taxes and softening regulations ) to incorporate an influx of new people if those will not be incorporated to the welfare rolls. A plus would be for the retirement community business , if a reverse " snow -bird effect" is considered by retired individuals located in Florida .  A boom for the health, construction, elderly care and food industries.

Hannah Pingree on the Maine expedited wind law

Hannah Pingree - Director of Maine's Office of Innovation and the Future

"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."


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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 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?" 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.”

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