It has come to this: Central Maine Power has made a criminal of me. On Monday, I was arrested for the first time in my life, for seeking to shine sunlight on CMP’s lobbying against solar power. (See “Four pro-solar power protesters arrested at CMP Augusta headquarters,” Jan. 29.)
I did not take action lightly. As an attorney and as an engaged citizen, I consider respect for the rule of law among the highest of our shared values as an American people. And yet here I found myself so appalled by CMP’s actions that I was willing to break the law.
In the tradition of creative nonviolent direct action, about 30 of us, all CMP ratepayers, sought to undertake a Solar Counterlobby in CMP’s very own lobby, to point out CMP’s galling hypocrisy in claiming to support solar power while working behind the scenes to lobby against every solar bill that has been proposed in recent memory.