Cars, trucks, boats, planes add most emissions in Maine

We've been publishing hard data on this for many years. Where has everyone else been?

Wind promoter NRCM talks about transportation but for 10 years has made land based wind its priority - a generation source that does not and cannot do anything about emissions coming from transportation. If we were ever to move to all electric cars and trucks that would be powered with carbon-free electricity, we'd need nuclear. NRCM opposes nuclear just as it opposes big hydro. Absurdity squared.

Press Herald 12/16/18

......Between 2002 and 2015, emissions of climate-warming carbon dioxide from power plants declined 73 percent due largely to a shift to cleaner-burning natural gas and Maine’s participation in a multistate regulatory program on greenhouse gases. Likewise, emissions from Maine’s business and residential sectors fell 37 percent and 14 percent, respectively, according to data from the Maine Department of Environmental Protection..............“It really is obvious that transportation needs to be an important part of our climate solution,” said Dylan Voorhees, climate and clean energy director at the Natural Resources Council of Maine..................

https://www.pressherald.com/2018/12/16/cars-trucks-boats-planes-add...

Citizens' Task Force on Wind Power:

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.

https://storage.ning.com/topology/rest/1.0/file/get/1561548760?profile=original

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_S...

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

http://www.windtaskforce.org/page/mass-vs-maine-co2

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Comment by Donna Amrita Davidge on December 16, 2018 at 3:23pm

i never quite understand all the technical stuff but I do know that any organization like NRCM and Sierra Club who claims to care about preserving nature and support Wind turbines are the biggest hypocrites in the world- as simple as that- deceptive at the least, evil at the most.

Comment by Thinklike A. Mountain on December 16, 2018 at 10:17am

House Democrats Plan New Traffic Tax

Incoming House Transportation Chairman Peter DeFazio (D-Ore.) is planning to propose a new tax that would penalize drivers by taxing them at a higher rate when they experience traffic. 

 

The traffic tax would be part of a new pilot program for a “vehicle miles traveled” (VMT) tax which would replace the federal gas tax and instead charge motorists based on a per-mile fee.

In order for a VMT system to work, GPS systems would be installed in vehicles which would track vehicle movement and measure miles traveled in order to calculate the tax. Rep. DeFazio would then use the guise of replacing the gas tax with a VMT tax to charge differential rates based on highway congestion.

Continue reading the rest of the article at the following weblink:

https://www.atr.org/house-democrats-plan-new-traffic-tax

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."

https://pinetreewatch.org/wind-power-bandwagon-hits-bumps-in-the-road-3/

 

Maine as Third World Country:

CMP Transmission Rate Skyrockets 19.6% Due to Wind Power

 

Click here to read how the Maine ratepayer has been sold down the river by the Angus King cabal.

Maine Center For Public Interest Reporting – Three Part Series: A CRITICAL LOOK AT MAINE’S WIND ACT

******** IF LINKS BELOW DON'T WORK, GOOGLE THEM*********

(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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