Using the latest available U.S. Census data pertaining to the NAICS category "Hotels (except casino hotels) and motels", on a per capita basis, Maine ranks # 7 in the nation based on the number of such hotels and motels. Maine ranks a still very impressive # 13 on the basis of per capita hotel and motel employees.
While such hotel and motel data may not be a perfect surrogate for tourism data (e.g., business travel would affect these numbers as well), they are indication of what we already know - Maine is highly favored by tourists and tourism is a particularly important business for Maine.
Click on the following link to review the simple analysis, including a listing of data sources (U.S. Census) and original source data.
Why would we want to jeopardize the tourism and tourism potential we have here in Maine? Do our representatives in Augusta really want to infest our incredible mountains, ridges, hilltops, forests, farmlands, seacoast and islands with giant out of place industrial wind installations and requisite transmission gashes all so that a small handful of super wealthy insiders in distant places can become yet wealthier at the expense of Mainers and our visitors who so faithfully depend on Maine being Maine?