Public Hearing on Thurs, 2/26/19 at 1PM - "An Act to Price Carbon Pollution in Maine" (with live audio link)

"The carbon tax is another move towards socialism; they are going to control the power in the state of Maine ....................I just don't see the rationale of going after heating oil and natural gas; they're going to kill industry and hurt the elderly and the poor". - former Gov Paul LePage on 2/25/19

They're doing the carbon tax last. Overflow crowd.

Link for audio:

(AUDIO ONLY) EUT http://legislature.maine.gov/Audio/#211

This bill requires an assessment on the carbon content of fuels sold by a distributor in the State. The bill defines "distributor" and requires a distributor to submit on a monthly basis the required assessment to the Public Utilities Commission. The commission is required to transfer any assessment it receives to the Carbon Content Assessment Fund, which the bill establishes.

http://legislature.maine.gov/bills/display_ps.asp?PID=1456&snum...

http://legislature.maine.gov/committee/#Committees/EUT

Please see the following earlier post on this subject from Dan McKay:

http://www.windtaskforce.org/profiles/blogs/action-alert-new-carbon...

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Comment by Stephen Littlefield on February 28, 2019 at 7:59pm

As a retiree I am already looking south, the sooner the better, by 2020 Maine will be a wasteland of rich carpetbaggers and those too poor to leave! There won't be enough commerce to support 1.3 mil inhabitants and these asshat clowns in government will have spent all the money and Maine will be a welfare state for most! Thank you, democrats for putting the last nails in Maine's coffin!!

Comment by Eric A. Tuttle on February 28, 2019 at 7:20pm

He is an Arse

An Arse that obviously can afford his Carbon Tax, if there is not a loophole to exclude him.

Comment by Dan McKay on February 28, 2019 at 7:16pm

You know,  older Mainers don't take to kindly to folks trying to ridicule honest, hard working souls trying to get by on simple means. I hope this asshole legislator's name gets exposed.

Comment by Long Islander on February 28, 2019 at 7:06pm

The last speaker, an opponent of the carbon tax, moved to Maine in the fall and was exasperated at how much she is paying for oil heat (in an efficient apartment complex) and made a point out of how she was struggling to do things like driving her daughter to (I think) sports activities.

Someone, I believe one of the committee members, asked her something along the lines of "do you think your daughter is more important than all the other children who are living on a planet that will be destroyed by inevitable climate change"?

The woman was making a heartfelt plea and for this legislator, whoever he was, to essentially accuse her of being selfish was beyond the pale.

Comment by Dan McKay on February 28, 2019 at 6:44pm

Wow, heat pumps are getting a thrashing today. 

Comment by Dan McKay on February 28, 2019 at 5:51pm

Nice, an old UMO engineer named Brakey describes the Climate Warmists Crowd :

" I would rather have questions that I can't answer than answers I can't question "
The Chair cut him off.
Comment by Eric A. Tuttle on February 28, 2019 at 5:45pm

If we are a minuscule part of the problem in the U.S. Think of China at 28x the U.S. Standard and India a close 2nd with Saudi Arabia just behind.

Nitrous Oxide though only 5% of the greenhouse gas it is 300x worse than CO2.

Water Vapor holds 85-90% of the heat that is retained by the earth

The atmosphere is made up mainly of nitrogen (78.1%). It also has plentiful oxygen (20.9%) and small amounts of argon (0.9%), carbon dioxide (~ 0.035%), water vapor, and other gases.

Gases like carbon dioxide, nitrous oxides, methane, and ozone are trace gases that account for about a tenth of one percent of the atmosphere.

These idiots are all consumers of the Klimate Koolaid.

  

Comment by John F. Hussey on February 28, 2019 at 5:30pm

The ratio of Units of GDP to tons of CO2 emissions is the only real measure that should be used.  The developed world is in the top 2-3 % using the above suggested metric and it is much more difficult for us to reduce our CO2 output than say India or China.  Nothing Maine does will make any difference at all and only line the pockets of special interest groups.  FYI!!!! CO2 is added to greenhouses to increase the rate of plant growth! 

Comment by Dan McKay on February 28, 2019 at 4:51pm
So Brakey assumes there is a government program that helps people fund house insulation and energy saving devices and methods and then asks :

"If people aren't taking advantage of that, why aren't they taking advantage of that"

Well, Mr. Brakey, maybe people aren't taking advantage of that government program because some people don't want to take advantage of other people challenged at paying the extra costs on their electric bills associated with this program. 
Comment by Dan McKay on February 28, 2019 at 4:44pm

 The bill title is now " the cartoon tax "

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

******** IF LINKS BELOW DON'T WORK, GOOGLE THEM*********

(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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