Take a look at what is happening in Massachusetts.

Groups like 350.org, founded by an activist named Bill McKibben, “uses online campaigns, grassroots organizing, and mass public actions to oppose new coal, oil and gas projects, take money out of the companies that are heating up the planet, and build 100% clean energy solutions that work for all,” according to their website. They don’t mean in the future, when those new technologies might be reliable and profitable - they want it now.

In 2017, McKibben said, “Massachusetts will play a big role” in the environmental movement and with President Trump in the White House, “States are going to be increasingly important because nothing is going to happen in D.C., so there will be a lot of pressure that goes to the state level, and in some places, that will be very effective.”

Beacon Hill heard McKibben’s rallying call and made all the regulatory commitments one would expect from a liberal state to cut fossil fuel use in favor of renewables. Then winter came.

New England winters are brutal and, predictably, cause a spike in energy consumption. The new standards could not keep up with demand. That led to increased use of reliable oil to power the grid as well as heat homes. It was reported that during some of the colder times this amounted to, “just over 30 percent of the region’s power supply.” In the future, New England will have cold winters. The energy to keep Bay State residents warm could come from natural gas - which burns much cleaner than oil - but groups like 350.org oppose the construction of a natural gas pipeline to Massachusetts. How ironic.

More here: http://www.telegram.com/opinion/20180811/as-i-see-it-bad-energy-gam...

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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."

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