Must Listen: audio of Gubernatorial debate on "energy"

http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/mpbc/local-mpbc...

This aired on Maine Public Radio. By far the most comprehensive discussion of energy and electricity so far in the campaign. It is almost two hours long, but worth hearing, for sure.

The moderator was BernsteinShur attorney Jeff Thaler, a bright but obviously biased wind power supporter. He was often fair, but a little heavy-handed in leading the candidates through some fascinating Q&A. Many highlights, including (and you'll want to replay this one in case you don't believe your ears) an unrepentant Libby Mitchell saying that she would have the state trump local control if a wind project siting became controversial. Another noteworthy moment was Paul LePage and Sean Moody saying on the one hand that wind power is not worth it, yet being cajoled by Thaler into saying they support the ridiculous 2700 mw goal set in statute.

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Comment by Ron Huber on October 3, 2010 at 1:01am
Thaler represents the University of Maine as hostile intervenor in my ongoing case against Bureau of Parks and Lands over siting their floating wind turbine test center off Monhegan's scenic Lobster Cove.

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/

 

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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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