MAINE COMPASS: In Augusta, it’s all about big wind, big money, but Maine is not for sale

This editorial piece now appears in the Kennebec Journal and Morning Sentinel.

http://www.kjonline.com/opinion/MAINE_COMPASS__In_Augusta__it_s_all...

and

http://www.onlinesentinel.com/opinion/MAINE_COMPASS__In_Augusta__it...

MAINE COMPASS: In Augusta, it’s all about big wind, big money, but Maine is not for sale

Richard McDonald

Previously, it appeared in the Press Herald.

Maine Voices: Bill favoring wind industry threatens to muzzle Maine citizens, regulators

The public needs to speak out against L.D. 1750 or risk losing its voice on a key environmental issue.

By Richard McDonald 

http://www.pressherald.com/opinion/Maine_Voices__Bill_favoring_wind...

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Comment by arthur qwenk on February 13, 2014 at 6:03pm

LD-1750 is a most serious  Wind Squelch Clause designed of , by and for the Wind Mafia of Maine.

The final take over by the  wind lobby  of citizens constitutional  rights and home rule is under way.

Comment by Long Islander on February 13, 2014 at 1:43pm

I received the following comment in an email:

More evidence of the fact that the Maine Legislature has no respect for the people it is supposed to serve.  This bill would essentially muzzle Citizens and protective regulation of proposed corporate projects in Maine, wind or otherwise.  Are the people of Maine going to allow these thugs to shred their Constitutions and their rights secured therein?  Unless Mainers start speaking out loudly to their reps and senators to demand that this unconstitutional bill, which strips them of their rights, is voted down, then, they will soon be living under state authorized corporate lordship.

Comment by K Campbell on February 13, 2014 at 12:14pm

Thank you for writing such a great opinion piece, Mr. McDonald. Please, folks, add your comments to the story. I think you are right, Clyde - Augusta needs to hear from democrats on this issue. I think such an organization would be quite effective and would get through to them.

Comment by clyde macdonald on February 13, 2014 at 10:56am

As a lifelong Democrat. I am appalled and ashamed to learn that a Democrat State Senator, Mr. Alfond, has introduced a bill that seeks to take away the rights of citizens to be heard and their testimonies be given due weight. I call his bill, LD 1750, the wind power corporation "revenge bill." It was written in retaliation against the DEP for rejecting two wind projects. A Mr. Richard McDonald of Kennebunk said it all in his recent MAINE VOICES column. The Alfond solution is to prevent the DEP from having authority  to reject any wind power applications in the future.Mr. Richard McDonald of Kennebunk said it all in his recent MAINE VOICES column.Thanks to the Press Herald for printing it.

It is time for good Democrats to form a Democrats Against Wind Power organization. I know there are many of us even though our leaders have sold us down the river in favor of the wind power corporations.  Clyde MacDonald, Hampden

Comment by Kathy Sherman on February 13, 2014 at 7:05am
What we need are our own experts to re-establish the spiritual, psychological and healthful value of vista, natural soundscape, peace and tranquility. Andrew Weil (if I have it right) wrote a piece in Time about how are brains are wired for gaze of the vista, and have not yet really adapted to life of a 3 by 6 inch screen and earbuds (paraphrasing somewhat), and that is why as a society, we are depressed, hyper-aggressive and hyperactive, addicts.

I am just sick of the cookie cutter opinions of the 'acoustic experts' and their peer-review by those selling the same mantra.

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/

 

Maine as Third World Country:

CMP Transmission Rate Skyrockets 19.6% Due to Wind Power

 

Click here to read how the Maine ratepayer has been sold down the river by the Angus King cabal.

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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