It is my humble opinion that we as Mainers have an obligation to tell the states south of us that if they want Wind and Solar, build it in their own back yard at their expense if they won't provide us with the supply of natural gas we so desperately need to convert our heating systems from oil to gas. We, as a rural state, should not be expected to give up our pristine environment, raise our electricity rates and impoverish our communities for them.
This is pure uneconomic and nonscientific nonsense. Gas pipelines are far safer and more environmentally friendly and more economically positioned to provide clean, cheap, reliable base load energy than "renewables." If Maine is to have a future, we MUST have a bigger reliable supply of energy. While our population is not growing significantly because of the evacuation of businesses due to high energy costs, the only future we have is to attract new clean manufacturing and research here, and to do that we have to lower energy costs. Governor LePage knows this and has been working to shut down the Angus King - John Baldacci years. Those two ruined our manufacturing base. With the fact that we are at the far edge of the country, and our winter driving is precarious, building products here and shipping is a negative. Our graduates from the universities are fleeing the states for jobs. We have very few businesses where you can start at the bottom and work up. More and more of our jobs are service jobs, paying minimum wages and part time hours.