Thank you, sir. Mr. LaBrecque has told me a lot about you as well. From what I can tell you don't see eye to eye on every issue but he says mostly kind words about you:) This is not the last of my letters and involvement in public actions. I am currently writing about the offshore wind project for the Downeast Coastal Press and the Ellsworth American. The regulation that comes with putting a wind farm in 300 feet of water will starve Maine's lobstermen out. Since we can no longer fish for herring in Maine the price of bait has gone from $6 to $31 per bushel. The price for diesel fuel is going through the roof and the conflict in the middle east is bound to make it down right unreasonable. Meanwhile lobstermen were selling lobsters for $2 per pound. Machias Savings Bank had about 300 repossessed boats as of last summer. When those wind turbines come into our waters, the fishermen's ground will be regulated until they are all out of business. People need to wake up and understand that their livelihood and childrens future is at stake here.
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Welcome to Citizens' Task Force on Wind Power - Maine
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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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."