One Size Fits All - Leave Maine Alone

Chances are you've been asked by one activist group or another to contact your Senators in support of "the" Climate Change legislation. Most of these posters have no idea what they are talking about. They just want to stop global warming, and they think a call to Senator Snowe will accomplish that goal. There are many versions of legislation being floated in DC right now, and they all generally penalize fossil fuels and incentivize renewables. This could result in more subsidies for wind power and more surcharges on natural gas. Either way, it is likely to penalize Maine for the sins of Ohio, Alabama, Iowa, et al.

Feel free to share your sentiments with this woman from Coal River Wind who is telling us in Maine that we need windmills so we can clean up West Virginia's coal mines. Nobody wants global warming, and coal can be horrible, but we don't use coal (or oil) to generate electricity in Maine. And we don't want to be the power plantation for anyone unless there's some benefit to us. Her email address is:

From: Lorelei Scarbro with Interfaith Power & Light []
Sent: Thursday, June 03, 2010

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Interfaith Power & Light

Tell President Obama: Climate Converts want action

Lorelei Scarbro of Coal River Wind

the pledge to stand for creation, and IPL will send the signatures to the

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Dear [ ],

My name is Lorelei Scarbro, and I'm a Climate Convert. That means I've made
a commitment to stand up and fight for creation.

I wasn't always a fighter. But I'll tell you this — there's nothing like
seeing your home, your community, and your culture destroyed to make you
into one.

I'd been a perfectly happy stay-at-home mom for 26 years. I had my own
craft store, and was content to sit in that shop day in, and day out. My
husband had a pretty decent union job. A lot of us around our part of West
Virginia did.

The trouble was, we were working for a killer — Massey Energy. And that
killer took everything in its path — the trees, the wildlife, and even the
very mountaintops — squeezing every last bit of life out of our corner of
West Virginia until it looked like a place so barren you'd never guess it
used to be filled with life. It even took my husband. I lost him to black

That killer is coal mining. And mining — dominated in our community by
Massey Energy — won't stop. It won't stop its relentless efforts to devour
yet another 6,600 acres of our home in another mountaintop removal mining
project. It won't stop its stranglehold on our local economy. And it won't
stop using its deep pockets to fund the lobby for keeping things just the
way they are.

It won't stop until we speak out.

It makes me sick to think of it. They're not just changing the Appalachian
way of life; they're decimating it. Our history, our culture, and even our
lives are being lost — all in the name of dirty energy and profit. And
stories just like ours are playing out in communities all over the world.

But from the oil
spill in the Gulf of Mexico, to the Massey Energy mining disaster here in
my home state, people have had enough.
I can tell you after years of taking my
community's fight right to the West Virginia governor's office and getting
arrested for civil disobedience, though — "having had enough"
doesn't make one bit of difference.

If you're like me, and you're sick of the destruction when there are
alternatives that won't destroy God's creation and people's homes and ways
of life, then stand up and say so. Join me: speak out as a Climate Convert
and commit to taking action to protect creation.

Whether you've been in this fight for decades or
days, sign the pledge today and my friends at Interfaith Power & Light
will deliver the signatures to President Obama.

Things are heating up all across America, and they'll keep heating up as
the battle to pass strong climate, clean energy, and jobs legislation
intensifies in the coming weeks and months. It's not going to be an easy
fight. And I pray that it will be won by people standing up and speaking
their minds, and holding our elected officials accountable to people and
communities all over the country, and the world.

Join me, and Interfaith Power & Light will follow up to let you know
how you can help move us forward in the coming weeks and months.

Thank you for acting today.


Lorelei Scarbro, Coal River Wind
on behalf of Interfaith Power & Light

lnterfaith Power & Light is a national campaign in over 30 states and counting.
Our mailing address is 220 Montgomery Street, Suite 450, San Francisco, CA
Our phone number is (415) 561-4891.

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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."


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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 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?" 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.”

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