A number of candidates go on record for more renewables

Augusta, MAINE – While Maine’s Republican gubernatorial candidates once again remain silent, Maine’s Democratic candidates for Governor today came out in opposition to President Trump’s proposal to expand offshore drilling, which could possibly occur off the coast of Maine.

The statements come after the Maine Democratic Party earlier today called on the Republican gubernatorial candidates to break from Governor Paul LePage and oppose the plan. Maine’s entire Congressional delegation also opposes the proposal.

“Unless your goal is to keep Maine’s economic growth, job creation, and income growth well below that of New England and the country as a whole as it has been for the past seven-plus years, then drilling for oil off the Maine Coast is a horrible idea,” said Adam Cote. “As a renewable energy entrepreneur and as one of President Obama’s national ‘Champions of Change’ recognizing my work as a veteran to advance clean energy and climate security, I deeply understand the importance of this issue. With change and the right leadership, Maine’s energy future lies not in chasing the energy sources of the 19th and 20th centuries, but in leading our region, country and world in the clean energy sources and technology of this young century. Maine has everything it needs, other than the right leadership, to lead on solar, properly-sited onshore and offshore wind, tidal, biomass and other renewable sources while creating thousands of good jobs across our state. That is the positive, constructive vision I will make a top priority as governor.”

“No to more investments in dirty energy,” said Betsy Sweet. “Maine has untapped solar and tidal and wind power for the future. Beyond energy concerns, it is ridiculous to even consider this action which has the potential to seriously damage Maine's fisheries and tourist economies."

“To this day, traces of oil can be found in Casco Bay after the 1996 Julie N. oil spill that left more than 38,000 gallons of oil still in the ocean,” said Diane Russell. “The spill devastated the economy, brought fishing boats to a standstill and cost more than $43 million to clean up. From a ridiculous president comes a ridiculous proposal, the latter of which should be drowned in the Gulf of Maine without ceremony."

“The last thing we should be doing is exposing Maine’s fisheries, lobsterman, and coastline to the type of economic and environmental devastation we’ve seen over and over from offshore drilling,” said Janet Mills. “As Attorney General I’ve repeatedly brought the Trump administration to court over their attempts to gut key environmental protections, and as Governor I’ll continue to do everything in my power to protect Maine’s people and natural resources.”

“Gov. LePage and the Trump administration ignore science and would put US coastal waters at risk,” said Jim Boyle. “We should be advancing renewable energy, which could help to fight global climate change, not endorsing policies that threaten our fisheries, tourism industry and increase our dependence on oil. Instead of padding the pockets of huge oil companies, we should be looking out for the interests of Maine people.”

“Expanded offshore drilling is yet another example of the Trump administration marching our nation backward,” said Mark Eves. “Maine’s lobster and fishing industries depend on clean water for their livelihoods, and we depend on them for our food and economic well-being. We all saw what happened in the Gulf of Mexico a few years ago. This shortsighted plan is, plain and simple, a threat to our way of life.”

"Expanding offshore drilling poses an unacceptable risk to Maine's environment and coastal economy,” said Steve DeAngelis. “At this time we should be expanding renewable energy options, not doubling down on fossil fuels."

BACKGROUND: In the past, Governor LePage has expressed support for the possibility of drilling off the coast of Maine, and he also chaired the Outer Continental Shelf Governors Coalition which supports pursing the expansion of offshore drilling. Meanwhile, Maine’s entire Congressional delegation opposes drilling off the coast of Maine.

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Comment by Eskutassis on February 8, 2018 at 8:43pm

I find it fascinating that Adam Cote singles out the last 7 years that Maine has fallen behind in economy and blames it on LePage.

 “Unless your goal is to keep Maine’s economic growth, job creation, and income growth well below that of New England and the country as a whole as it has been for the past seven-plus years, then drilling for oil off the Maine Coast is a horrible idea,” said Adam Cote. “As a renewable energy entrepreneur and as one of President Obama’s national ‘Champions of Change’ recognizing my work as a veteran to advance clean energy and climate security, I deeply understand the importance of this issue. With change and the right leadership, Maine’s energy future lies not in chasing the energy sources of the 19th and 20th centuries, but in leading our region, country and world in the clean energy sources and technology of this young century."

For the last nine years we were not controlled by LePage, rather by ridiculous edicts from the Tsars from Obama's regime and the Baldacci energy policies passed in the middle of the night with no discussion. Did anyone notice his credentials? Right out of the Alinsky playbook.

Comment by Long Islander on February 8, 2018 at 7:31pm

Jim Boyle's company had First Wind as a client when he was making wind decisions on the ENR Committee.

Comment by Dan McKay on February 8, 2018 at 6:17pm

Comment by Dan McKay on February 8, 2018 at 6:13pm

Comment by Eric A. Tuttle on February 8, 2018 at 5:56pm

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"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

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(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 https://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?" https://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.” https://www.pinetreewatchdog.org/flaws-in-bill-like-skating-with-dull-skates/

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