BDN - Susan Collins and Angus King have shown commitment to Maine's outdoor recreation economy

Both Senators want to decorate our mountains and coast with wind installations and transmission - but somehow the article missed this part. How can you be committed to outdoor recreation and support these hideous contraptions? Answer: You can't.

From Maine’s lengthy coastline to its vast forest — and everywhere in between — the outdoor recreational economy is a major driver that injects $8.2 billion in spending to the state each year, according to a report released by the Outdoor Industry Association on Wednesday.

In addition, that outdoor economy, which includes everything from hunting and fishing to wildlife watching, motorcycling, skiing, and hiking, generates 76,000 jobs in the state, according to the report.....................

.............Boian said Maine’s senators, Susan Collins and Angus King, have shown a commitment to the state’s outdoor recreation economy, and recognize its potential.

“Those of us who are fortunate enough to call Maine home know the importance of outdoor recreation to our economy. Maine’s natural beauty, coupled with the many recreational opportunities our state offers across all four seasons, encourages Mainers to spend time outside and draws millions of visitors each year,” Collins said in the OIA release..............

Outdoor recreation credited with $8.2 billion annual impact on Maine’s economy


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Comment by Barbara Durkin on July 27, 2017 at 4:52pm
Just Googled: wind developers bribe bribery

I think the high number of articles on this subject demonstrate what low value wind has. If wind could stand on merits, bribery and public subsidies wouldn't be resorted to, or used by, wind developers. And, Fake News about "success" of the renewable industry, while green bubbles are bursting all around us, would be unnecessary.
Maine's largest wind developer made international headlines when SunEdison purchased First Wind. It's telling that the result was U.S. largest bankruptcy in 2016, yet this news is under reported.

A-G-E-N-D-A, not ours. Enron required government collusion, too.
Comment by Long Islander on July 27, 2017 at 3:51pm

Paula - I'm afraid bribery wins the day all too often.

Comment by Paula D Kelso on July 27, 2017 at 1:51pm

Does anyone ever say what they mean and mean what they say? So Baldacci et al fund a big study that shows that Maine's biggest asset is it's 'quality of place' and the next thing you know he's undermining that quality with pushing the expedited wind law attacking our unorganized territories. Our town of Clifton has a comprehensive plan, helped financed by the State, that concludes our biggest asset is our natural resources and our recreational opportunities and we should protect and enhance those to our economic benefit. Then along come the wind scammers and next thing you know the comp plan is left in the bottom file drawer while town government works to undermine its goals and strategies. No acquisition of access to the great ponds, no support for the snowmobile trails on Pisgah, no support for the bald eagles on Springy Pond, no preservation of the viewshed from Eagle Bluff or Woodchuck or Peaked Mountain, no recognition of the areas of town considered worthy of restricting commercial and industrial development, no recognition of the rights of property owners to protect and preserve the rural quality of the land they have invested in. It all just blew away in the wind.

Comment by Barbara Durkin on July 26, 2017 at 5:08pm
Susan Collins' Top Donors provided by Open Secrets shed light on her reasons for not protecting Maines' scenic beauty. Many below named are major investors/owners/legal advisors to wind interests-
Total Individuals PACs
General Dynamics $160,900 $123,400 $37,500
MBNA Corp $154,304 $137,750 $16,554
Elliott Management $90,200 $90,200 $0
Wish List $85,294 $53,460 $31,834
DLA Piper $79,232 $57,233 $21,999
Blue Cross/Blue Shield $72,000 $14,000 $58,000
Marriott International $67,000 $44,000 $23,000
Verizon Communications $57,721 $26,721 $31,000
Blank Rome LLP $54,200 $44,200 $10,000
Raytheon Co $50,251 $21,751 $28,500
Deloitte LLP $48,250 $18,250 $30,000
Cohen Group $46,826 $46,826 $0
Unum Group $46,630 $27,130 $19,500
Goldman Sachs $43,550 $21,550 $22,000
PricewaterhouseCoopers $43,300 $14,800 $28,500
International Paper $42,199 $2,200 $39,999
New Balance Athletic Shoe $41,450 $41,450 $0
FedEx Express $41,400 $11,400 $30,000
Aetna Inc $40,550 $16,050 $24,500
National Auto Dealers Assn $40,000

We all know about Angus King/wind developer.


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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