Hydropower plan is raising alarms - Some say it may stall wind and solar energy

Hydropower plan is raising alarms

Some say it may stall wind and solar energy

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Comment by mary l truman on April 8, 2014 at 12:02pm

Now here is what I said should be watched about LePage's plans.  He is pushing for Natural Gas.  Now if we think it horrendous leveling mountaintops for turbines, creating runoff into our lakes and streams and ruining scenic beauty, give a moment to consider what fracking for natural gas will do.  This will not only pollute our lakes and streams with toxic waste which has a 'shelf life' of 250, 000 years (yes I said 250 THOUSAND years), but this toxic chemical soup seeps into aquafirs as well.  Add to that toxic air pollution, and horrendous permanently scarred landscapes to create toxic ''waste pools'' (that notoriously leak), and you have a Maine that is TOTALLY undesirable to tourists.  But most importantly, life threatening to citizens.  Now even if this fracking is limited to poor Aroostooc County, prevailing winds will carry the airborne toxins to central regions, be a LOVELY cloudy view from Mt. Kahtahdin, etc.  We know how bad acid rain has been for our state's waters; multiply this for fracking's devastation.

I have friends in Pennsylvania who's gorgeous 30 acres is between two fracking sites.  Their land is now worthless, the well is polluted with the chemicals, and the air is barely breathable on most days. The noise from the forced pressure drilling is audible every day.  Clouds of chemicles are emitted from this drilling.  And they can't yet afford to move.

I am sickened by this assault from all sides on our precious state.  No other state can compare to our scenic beauty and our way of life.  And what is wrong with Hydro Power?  Is there pollution from this form of power?  New dams can be made with runs allowing passage for the spawning fish, can they not? 

Comment by Whetstone_Willy on April 8, 2014 at 10:43am

Conservation Law Foundations gets paid by the wind industry, for example, transmission lines for wind in Aroostook County for Horizon Wind, these days called EDP Renewables.

http://www.clfventures.org/services/strategy/

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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