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Cicilline Says Offshore Wind is Rebuke to President

Rhode Island has taken a step to broaden their development of offshore wind. My take is to let them make the mistake, as long as it does not hurt us here in Maine. We have enough clean energy and reliable energy here in Maine to keep OUR grid stable in times of high use. Southern New England has decommissioned many of their fossil fuel plants without good planning, and we should NOT be penalized. I put a comment on the article.


My comment:

Southern New England. You already saw last winter how depending on "Renewable Energy" did to your grid. You had to open coal plants import EXPENSIVE LNG from RUSSIA no less to keep your lights on. Renewable energy can't provide constant flow of electrons when the wind does not blow or blows too hard or the sun does not shine. Battery storage is NOT available affordably and batteries are really expensive and only last less than ten years. The cheapest and most credible alternative is to install enough capacity to tap into Pennsylvania's shale gas which is cheap and plentiful. It will heat homes, businesses and fire up 24/7/365 power plants with cleaner power than renewable. The energy, mostly coal, used to build wind turbines is enormous, as well as the amount of oil, for transportation of parts, for making all the concrete (coal), for making all the steel (coal), for making the blades (oil), for smelting all the copper for wires and plastic coating. Besides, as much as we and Europe have been cutting our emissions, the CO2 level just keeps rising and the worldwide temperature has NOT gone up for more than 20 years now.
So, if you want to keep on getting higher and higher electricity bills keep building more wind turbines. It is NOT CHEAP and not reliable.

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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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