The chart below shows how useless is all the scarring of Maine and torment to Mainers resulting from the force feeding by government mandate of wind industrialization so that a small handful of insiders can rob us blind.
So much for wind making an appreciable contribution. So much for the so called environmental groups' claims that wind will get us off oil. Note that oil is already less than 1% of electricity, the power which wind provides.
Since natural gas contains much less carbon than other fossil fuels, it should be noted that the move to natural gas is avoiding infinitely more CO2 emissions than all of the misguided scarring of Maine's core natural essence by 500' tall wind turbines and the hideous mega new transmission lines they require. It can also be noted that lowered Maine energy prices from natural gas will make us more competitive and lead to job creation, as opposed to the opposite effect from costly wind power.
Why is it that the temporary tiny handful of construction jobs created by defacing Maqine with wind plants always gets publicized, but there's not a peep here about the jobs that natural gas will bring, either in the construction or post construction phase?
That’s where the natural gas is.
With Maine increasingly reliant on natural gas for lower electricity rates, and with a growing number of homes hooking up to the heating alternative, how and whether to get more natural gas from there to here is a sizable challenge — but a growing number of people are contemplating it.
The nonprofit that runs the New England power grid is exploring incentives to encourage gas-fired power plants to commit to long-term contracts, which could in turn finance more pipelines. The Governor’s Energy Office is looking at ways to facilitate capital investment. The Maine House minority leader has a “bold proposal” — but he’s not sharing it just yet.
“I think we’re at a historic opportunity in Maine right now in terms of the issue of diversification,” said Rep. Ken Fredette, R-Newport, sponsor of “An Act to Facilitate Energy Cost Reduction.”