Barry Hobbins: We Know What's Good For You

Don't worry about the fact that ocean wind will be many times more expensive on your electric bills. Don't worry at all. It is for our own good according to Ocean Energy Task Force member and Utilities Committee Co-Chair Barry Hobbins! Barry Knows Best!

If you wish to ask him "how so", here is his contact information:

Maine Public Advocate's Independence Questioned

03/29/2010 10:48 AM ET

Some members of a legislative committee say they're concerned that the position of public advocate in Maine falls under control of the governor.

Some members of the Legislature's Utilities and Energy Committee are questioning whether Maine Public Advocate Richard Davies has represented the interests of the state's consumers -- or his boss, Gov. John Baldacci. The complaints arose as the Utilities Committee struggled with legislation from the Ocean Energy Task Force.

Sen. Barry Hobbins, a Saco Democrat who co-chairs the committee, defended Davies. "Sometimes, what looks like maybe not in the best interest immediately of the ratepayer or the citizens of Maine, in the long term is the best interest, and I think wind-power is one of those issues," Hobbins told Capitol News Service.

Davies concedes that he serves at the pleasure of the governor, but he pointed out that the committee has already said it wants to change the public advocate law to make the appointment more independent of the governor's office.


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Comment by donaldsmith on March 29, 2010 at 4:13pm
who in hell is this asshole that is trying to tell us what is good for us , just another stooge of baldassi trying to spread lies lets put them around thier houses and then see if he tells us how good they are
Comment by Long Islander on March 29, 2010 at 4:06pm
We love the Irish!
Comment by Bob Brooks on March 29, 2010 at 3:51pm
Below is my email to Senator Hobbins. He got my Irish up!
Dear Senator Hobbins,
Exactly what is it about windpower that is in my best interest that I don't know yet? I have been studying this issue for two years and have come up with zilch that is positive about wind turbines massacring our landscape, negatively affecting the health of our citizens, killing or disturbing our wildlife, fragmenting habitat, cutting thousands upon thousands of carbon sequestering, oxygen producing, trees, the spraying of herbicides that will leach into our waters,technology that is going to raise my already too high electric rates,that is going to destroy the scenic beauty of our state, that doesn't save one liter of fossil fuel or reduce more than 1% of C02,if that,amongst many other problems. That is the most ridiculous and arrogant statement I have heard in very long time. I would suggest that you do some homework on the issue before you speak about what is in my best interest. Thank you.


Bob Brooks
Comment by Joanne Moore on March 29, 2010 at 2:03pm
I remember (way back when) calling the consumer advocate about long distance telephone rates. At the time, I thought I was being charged too much. Whoever was the consumer advocate was, he was very nice to talk to and spent some time explaining the different companies I could choose and their rates per minute. And he followed it up with a printed brochure with every plan clearly described.

Wouldn't it be a great service to the folks in Maine to have this kind of advocate to help explain the costs of wind power as opposed to other energy generation? Someone to really advocate for Maine people instead of the government? Sure would make a nice change from this Davies guy. If he is a consumer advocate, I'm the Queen of Sheba.
Comment by Mary Elen Marucci on March 29, 2010 at 1:00pm
It is a dangerous practice to have a consumer advocate, especially an appointed one with broad jurisdiction. Often that office can prevent people from bringing their case before the regulating agency, and at best it is just another hurdle to overcome in making the regulatory process be something more than an industry protection racket.


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


(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 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?" 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.”

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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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