Maine’s Wind Goals, CO2 and the Forest

Please click on the PDF file below entitled "Maine’s Wind Goals, CO2 and the Forest." The document is intended to put Governor Baldacci's wind goals into perspective.

 

 MainesWindGoalsCO2andtheForest_12-30-10.pdf

 

NRCM has published figures on CO2 emissions avoided by various Maine wind farms. Then, to try and argue that the clearcuts and clearing needed for these complexes, their roads and transmission lines should not be seen as significant, NRCM also provides figures on how many acres of forest would capture the same amount of CO2 as the CO2 emissions avoided by the turbines.

 

"Maine's Wind Goals, CO2 and the Forest" uses NRCM's own figures to demonstrate that all the envisioned wind farms produce major degradation of our state for wholly minor effect on CO2 reductions.

 

Think about it NRCM. What are you doing?

 

 

Thank you.

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Maine Center For Public Interest Reporting – Three Part Series: A CRITICAL LOOK AT MAINE’S WIND ACT (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  http://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?"  http://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.” http://www.pinetreewatchdog.org/flaws-in-bill-like-skating-with-dull-skates/

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