Get Criticism to Wind Energy Advisory Commission!

Folks, this was just released from the Governor's Energy Office.  We MUST make our points of view known, as the wind industry and the "environmental" groups they fund such as NRCM, Maine Audubon, Conservation Law Foundation, etc.  are all over this to try to thwart criticism of the scourge of industrial wind power in Maine!

For Immediate Release:  Thursday, June 14, 2018
Contact:  Julie Rabinowitz, Press Secretary, 207-287-2531

 

Governor Seeks Public Input on the Impact of Wind Development on Western and Coastal Maine  

Augusta, Maine - Governor Paul R. LePage is seeking input from communities, organizations and citizens of the State of Maine regarding the economic impact of potential wind turbines and expedited permitting on the scenic vistas and pristine waterways of Western Maine, as well as on the coast and coastal islands and on the state’s significant avian migratory pathways.

“We want to determine if we truly get more economic benefit than we give up when we site a massive wind turbine in Maine,” stated Governor LePage. “Once a turbine is sited, it is there for a long, long time.  The potential impact on our tourism industry and our citizens is considerable, and the potential impact is likely irreversible.  We want to hear from our neighbors and fellow citizens whose lives are most directly affected by the siting of these turbines.”

The Governor has created the Wind Energy Advisory Commission to study the economic impact of potential wind turbines in certain areas; to assess the economic impact of expedited permitting rules and procedures; and to assess and develop recommendations in a written report.  Comments may be submitted via email to Wind.Commission@maine.gov until August 15, 2018.

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Comment by Long Islander on December 3, 2018 at 4:51pm

12/3/18

Here are the comments.

Comment%20summary3_redacted%20-%20Copy.pdf

These do not appear to be the public's actual comments but rather descriptions of each comment. If you sent in a comment, please make sure that nothing got lost in the translation. I'm not sure why the precise words from the public weren't used. I understand someone deciding to summarize for faster reading, but I would think the actual comments should be posted as well.
Unfortunately, it seems that the PDF file is restricted in a manner that doesn't allow use of the search function - at least on my computer. So it may take some doing to find your comment. Maybe they simply know better than we do what we had meant to write. After all, we're unwashed commoners.
Comment by Penny Gray on June 15, 2018 at 7:57am

Thank you, Brad, I'm drafting my comments.

Comment by Monhegan Resident on June 15, 2018 at 6:07am
Can you provide a link to that press release? Thanks.
Comment by Donna Amrita Davidge on June 15, 2018 at 5:29am
Thank you for the address brad I just wrote them
Comment by Eric A. Tuttle on June 14, 2018 at 11:55pm

Though I am not sure of the political climate today, I am sure of two things. 

We in Maine are under an attack from both the Right (political)  and the Left (political) 

As to wind and solar, we are doomed. Unless we fight and fight hard to start from the bottom up by passing ordinances within our communities that meet the needs of common citizens. 

Then joining with other communities to eventually, collectively uniting for a common protection and eventual creation of law (statute) to protect not only our livelihood as the remaining nature (after pulp and paper for the world) for a global enjoyment as the "Last Place on Earth" expectation to where 2500 lakes rivers and streams and 2500 miles of Oceanic enjoyment could co-exist, realize our worth in a global economy if we limit or better to prohibit it's destruction.

Wind power and solar power are only additives, and are not an answer, but a compounded problem to the resolve. 

Comment by Pineo Girl on June 14, 2018 at 4:56pm

Thanks for this info Brad...Looking forward to you getting to Augusta and setting everyone straight!

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

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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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