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U.S. Supreme Court limits EPA authority to set climate standards for power plants

Published Thu, Jun 30 2022

The decision is a major setback for the Biden administration’s agenda to combat climate change, specifically the goal to zero out carbon emissions from power plants by 2035 and cut in half the country’s emissions by 2100.

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Added by Long Islander on June 30, 2022 at 11:57am — 6 Comments

Paul LePage opposes wind-energy farm that would be sited about 30 miles off Maine coast

Former Gov. Paul LePage says if reelected in November, he would not proceed with Gov. Janet Mills' application to the federal Bureau of Ocean Energy Management to site a wind-energy farm about 30 miles off Maine's coast.

"My minimum is 40 miles out. If you're out 40 miles or 50 miles I'll be all supportive. In the fishing waters I will not support windmills," he says.

LePage spoke at an event in Windham, where his candidacy was endorsed by…

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Added by Long Islander on June 29, 2022 at 12:30pm — 3 Comments

John Droz, Jr: Media Balance Newsletter: June 20, 2022

Read these and other important articles at the link below:

Renewable Energy — or Reliable Energy — But Not Both

Clean Green Energy - Net Zero - Fairy Tales on Steroids

In the dark on the power struggle: inconvenient truth proves renewables can’t cut it

Backup battery cost fantasies abound

Upstate New York will foot the bill for downstate's clean energy costs

The dam against nuclear energy is cracking

Fossil Future: Why Global Human…

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Added by Long Islander on June 20, 2022 at 10:00pm — 1 Comment

Angus King wants to convert Defense Department vehicles to electricity

U.S. Sen. Angus King’s bill calls for transitioning the non-tactical fleet of the U.S. Department of Defense to electric and other zero-emission vehicle types. King said his proposal would require three quarters of non-tactical vehicles purchased by the department to be electric or zero-emission and made in the…

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Added by Long Islander on June 16, 2022 at 9:00pm — 8 Comments

Request for Maine offshore wind power contract raises ratepayer concerns

The proposed contract's likely impact on Maine electricity customers is being shielded from public view, for now.

By Tux Turkel Staff Writer

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The developers of a planned offshore wind energy research array have asked state regulators to approve a 20-year electricity supply contract with terms they say are essential to their investing $1.2 billion in a project that could help launch a new renewable energy industry in Maine.

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Added by Long Islander on June 8, 2022 at 11:46am — 6 Comments

John Droz, Jr: Media Balance Newsletter: June 6, 2022

Click on the link below for these and many other important articles.

*** Report: Deadly Summer Blackouts Inevitable As Renewables Struggle To Replace

Reliable Energy



*** The green agenda’s role in global inflation



*** Biden's Most Preposterous Lie Is Too Much Even For The Washington Post



*** The great renewables ripoff



Ohio County Veto of Wind Project Shows It’s Time to End Federal Wind Subsidies



NY Governor…

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Added by Long Islander on June 6, 2022 at 2:17pm — 3 Comments

As energy prices rise, thousands of Mainers at risk of losing power

No mention in this article of the natural gas pipelines being blocked. Maine sits remarkably close to massive natural gas deposits, e.g., in PA and NY, but needlessly suffers because new pipelines have been blocked by Massachusetts and New York. Ideology and stupidity are going to get people killed.

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More than 2,000 Maine households have been disconnected over the past month, and tens of thousands more are struggling with past-due…

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Added by Long Islander on May 22, 2022 at 11:00am — 7 Comments

State environmental staffers back power line permit in advance of postponed board meeting

5/17/22

In recommendations to the Board of Environmental Protection, DEP staff rejected most of the arguments from power line critics. A meeting to discuss the appeals has been delayed due to COVID-19 concerns.

By Tux Turkel Staff Writer

Staffers at Maine’s top environmental agency disagree with opponents of a Central Maine Power-backed transmission line project who have argued that the project’s construction permit should…

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Added by Long Islander on May 17, 2022 at 7:30am — 1 Comment

Maine Sierra Club: Base for offshore wind development doesn’t belong on Sears Island

Where were these people when interior Maine was being ravaged (and still is) by wind projects?

Joan Saxe and Becky Bartovics are Sierra Club Maine volunteers.

We salute Gov. Janet Mills’ Climate Action Plan to support offshore wind development, promoting a fossil fuel free, renewable energy economy. Gulf of Maine wind resources have a…

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Added by Long Islander on May 6, 2022 at 3:30pm — No Comments

Conservation groups call for federal review of offshore wind impact on Gulf of Maine ecosystems

How about the wind projects that are ruining interior Maine?

Maine Public | By Fred Bever

Published May 3, 2022 at 4:57 PM EDT

A wide coalition of New England conservation groups is calling on federal regulators for a rigorous review of the potential effects of offshore wind-farms on Gulf of Maine ecosystems and fisheries. And they want that effort made before specific wind sites are proposed - which the feds did not do when planning wind-lease areas in southern…

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Added by Long Islander on May 4, 2022 at 4:06pm — 3 Comments

University of Maine System to fully divest from fossil fuel by 2030

Maine Public | By Robbie Feinberg

Published April 29, 2022 at 4:47 PM EDT

The University of Maine System is planning to fully divest from fossil fuels by 2030 — starting with the elimination of all direct fossil fuel holdings by the end of May.

On Thursday, the investment committee for the system's board of trustees…

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Added by Long Islander on May 2, 2022 at 9:00pm — 1 Comment

Brainwashing 101: Lawmakers approve $2 million in funding to expand climate education in Maine schools

"Ifeji, a Bangor High School senior, said she did not have climate education". SOUND THE ALARM.

How about we nail down reading, writing and arithmetic first. Then maybe with the arithmetic the next generations will be able to keep an eye on all the taxpayer money being thrown away on outright nonsense.

Maine Public | By Carol Bousquet

Published April 27, 2022 at 4:39 PM EDT

Lawmakers have approved more than…

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Added by Long Islander on April 28, 2022 at 9:00pm — 4 Comments

Mainers likely to endure high electric rates into 2023 - Read the "Public Advocate's" real remedy for this

Harwood, the public advocate, believes Maine’s standard offer bid process needs to be adjusted. One approach could be to seek bids for both long- and short-term contracts, to smooth out rate impacts as a hedge against volatility. But the real answer, he said, is for New England states to speed up the transition to renewable generation and away from their dependence on natural gas.…

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Added by Long Islander on April 28, 2022 at 12:35am — 4 Comments

NYT: This Eminent Scientist Says Climate Activists Need to Get Real

I don't agree with everything that scientist Vaclav Smil says here, but it's refreshing to hear from someone who has the confidence to call BS on the delusional. Speaking one's mind .....there is hope.

This Eminent Scientist Says Climate Activists Need to Get Real

By David Marches

The “really” in the title of Vaclav Smil’s newest book, “How the World Really Works: The Science Behind How We Got…

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Added by Long Islander on April 26, 2022 at 1:06am — 10 Comments

An investigation of wind power coupled with a seemingly unrelated interview with Angus King

Is 'green' really clean?

Dated: April 15, 2022 by Sharyl Attkisson

This week, Easter Sunday on Full Measure, we'll replay my investigation on the topic. In case you missed it the first time, catch it this week and tell your friends!

We'll also report on a push in…

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Added by Long Islander on April 15, 2022 at 9:52am — 3 Comments

Maine set ambitious goals for wind power 15 years ago. Why has it come up short?

Update: The BDN is now carrying this article. I'm not sure when it went up. Looks like some of the usual "Cats Kill Birds" wind industry shills are infesting the comments. But also there seems to be considerable common sense brewing. People are likely figuring out that so much of what we have been told (and not just about wind) is not true and it's usually the exact opposite that's what's true.…

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Added by Long Islander on April 13, 2022 at 1:30pm — 14 Comments

As sticker shock for solar power looms, Maine lawmakers consider options

Two bills under consideration seek to balance the desire for solar incentives with the burden of high electricity bills.

By Tux Turkel

Staff Writer

Two bills now before the Legislature are aimed at reducing future sticker shock for electricity customers, without completely eroding the incentives that have attracted hundreds of millions of dollars in solar investment from across the world in…

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Added by Long Islander on April 13, 2022 at 9:30am — 3 Comments

Ethanol rule to be waived as inflation hits fresh four-decade high

Should we even be subjecting our engines and small engines to ethanol in the first place?

By Mark Moore

April 12, 2022

Suspending a federal rule barring the sale of higher-ethanol blends of gasoline during the summer months in the latest bid to reduce prices at the pump as inflation reaches new highs.

While visiting an ethanol…

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Added by Long Islander on April 12, 2022 at 1:44pm — 7 Comments

A wind energy company has pleaded guilty after killing at least 150 eagles

NextEra Energy subsidiary ESI Energy pleaded guilty to three counts of violating the Migratory Bird Treaty Act during a Tuesday court appearance in Cheyenne, Wyoming. It was charged in the deaths of eagles at three of its wind farms in Wyoming and New Mexico. In addition to those deaths, golden and bald eagles were killed at wind farms affiliated with ESI and NextEra since 2012 in eight states, prosecutors said: Wyoming, California, New Mexico, North Dakota, Colorado, Michigan, Arizona…

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Added by Long Islander on April 7, 2022 at 5:00am — No Comments

Even Maine’s progressive areas are fighting over green energy projects

The large scale solar arrays popping up in Maine like mushrooms become more hideous looking the more knowledge one has over their fecklessness and multiple costs. The town boards falling prey to the solar snake oil industry owe it to the people to become educated in these matters. As it stands now, almost none of these elected decision makers have any business deciding energy issues, issues they are simply not equipped to challenge. Doing "something" simply for the perceived need of…

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Added by Long Islander on April 2, 2022 at 1:00pm — 10 Comments

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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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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/

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