Alan Farago: Legislators ought to try having their home equity, health and quality of life hijacked

Posted Jan. 13, 2015, at 10:16 a.m.
Some other examples:
Former EUT Committee House Chair Jon Hinck is married to Juliet Browne who is a lawyer and partner at Verill Dana whose main practice deals with the defense of wind power companies .She has been extremely busy in the past few years representing wind developers, including First Wind, TransCanada and Independence Wind and is very likely the wind industry’s leading attorney in Maine.
Former Natural Resources Committee Senate Chair Jim Boyle owns Boyle Associates. They appear to do work for FIRST WIND and CMP. See:

Former EUT Committee House Chair Stacey Fitts led an EUT that killed 12 citizen wind bills brought to the committee. His actions led to a "kick the can down the road" study to spend taxpayer money to study wind. However, the study only gathered dust and the next EUT had never even read it. At the time, Fitts worked for Kleinschmidt Associates, a member of the Maine Renewable Energy Association who's website at the time boasted that  “we have been very active in the development of state regulations in Maine where one of Kleinschmidt’s engineers is a member of the Governor’s Ocean Energy Task Force". Fitts was also a member of Governor Baldacci's Wind Power Task Force while working at Kleinschmidt.

Former EUT member Alex Cornell du Houx, an avid supporter of wind power, was the outreach coordinator of the Truman National Security Project. This organization states a deep philosophical belief that climate change is a national security threat. On that subject one of their position papers includes the following statement concerning the threat of climate change to our country’s national security, "Even if you do not have complete information, you still need to take action! Waiting for 100% certainty during a crisis can be disastrous." That sounds awfully like, “Shoot first then ask questions “. A sister organization of the Truman National Security Project is Operation Free, where Mr. Du Houx serves as Campaign Director. Operation Free lists as its first core motivational principal “get America running on clean energy”. In fact, the organization’s logo prominently features industrial wind turbines.

After months of interviewing at First Wind while his PUC greased the skids for the $1.4 billion ratepayer-funded "CMP Upgrade" (aka an outright but disguised-by-lies GIFT to the wind companies), PUC Chair Kurt Adams, took over $1 million in stock options from First Wind a month before he jumped there as their new director of transmission. After citizens requested that the Attorney General investigate, AG Janet Mills concluded "there was no conflict"! This at the same time her sister, Maine CDC director Dora Mills, falsely claimed there were no peer-reviewed studies documenting wind turbine health effects. And remember also that later when Adams, up for a UMS board seat, testified before the Education Committee at his confirmation hearing, he was allowed to deny any conflict between University wind research and his employer First Wind on the basis that First Wind was "terrestrial", completely ignoring the fact it was the same company as Deepwater Wind, which billed itself as the nation's leading offshore wind company. To this day, Adams sits as one of the trustees on the UMS board. Probably like having a wind lobbyist on the board.

The links to the Kurt Adams reporting by the Maine Center for Public Interest Reporting follow:

PUC chairman took equity stake in wind company



First Wind SEC filing change questioned



Group asks AG to probe official of First Wind


Adams Investigation Finds No Conflict

At least one BEP member, Tom Eastler of Farmington, said he didn’t want to see the review process started over — particularly if it involves public hearings. “There have already been too many public hearings,” said Eastler. “We know what we’re going to hear. A bunch of the same old, same old.”

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Comment by Eric A. Tuttle on January 14, 2015 at 2:46pm

While there is a LULL in the interest on Greener Energy due to the recent Oil Prices dropping to below 1972 (Gasoline) (not heating oil) price levels, it may be time to regroup and come together as one group to have an affect through our legislature. Such an attempt is being made by invitation, to provide factual scientific proofs. The Door is open.... Now lets see who dares enter.  More info when a meeting time is set. This will be a communication with some that will sit on the EUT this 127th legislative session. If you have professional or educational knowledges on Energy, Utilities or Technologies it is a citizens chance to intervene against the Corporations and correct our laws and funding which go in their favor. If interested contact me at my wifes e-mail address, until we can get this off the ground. 

Comment by alice mckay barnett on January 14, 2015 at 12:40pm

LR 435 An act to remove 100mw limit on hydropower.

Comment by Martha thacker on January 14, 2015 at 11:57am

East Millinocket paper mill.

Oh...and I don't think energy is on top of most people's thoughts. It is just not that interesting unless you live near a wind farm and have to find out how nasty the wind farm biz and it's subsidiaries in the legislature really are. So, it would be good to somehow personalize...brainstorm?

Comment by Martha thacker on January 14, 2015 at 11:53am

Alice...I don't think we need to wait for any legislation to come out. The hike in electricity rates without any TV stations / newspapers reporting  is plenty. Plus , the rates are predicted by MPUC to continue to escalate. the reason for the rate hikes, new transmission lines going through lower ME is also it will be a real knock out blow to tourism . Anything that FW and the legislature has tried to keep quiet is of interest. Killing eagles. ..

The fact that children have a higher incidence of lymphoma who live under the transmission lines proves it is not good for anybody. Children and elderly are more at risk for any kind of toxin, whether it be from the environment or pharmaceuticals. 

And something that hasn't been of interest is East Millinocket selling their power producing hydro before they started losing so much money they had to go under. This was, i think , prior to Iso New England  colluding with the national grid to put small generators out of business to make way for the wind farms. 

I like to read the SEC reports on First Wind through the archives on cohoctonwindwatch. Incriminating stuff sometimes disappears from the internet. 

Comment by Marshall Rosenthal on January 14, 2015 at 11:48am

Maybe you are not entertained by the "same old same old", but hearings are not for the amusement of Eco-Fascists like yourself, but for the sworn information of individuals who have lost and stand to lose their rights, particularly the right to a healthful life.

Comment by Whetstone_Willy on January 14, 2015 at 12:12am
Comment by alice mckay barnett on January 13, 2015 at 8:07pm

if I can...I have some visuals....when?   what bill?   are any wind bills in?

Comment by Martha thacker on January 13, 2015 at 3:18pm

Already, the anti wind farm activists have slowed down the progres of wind farm corporations. 

I suggest more reading of SEC reports starting in 2008. Although the SEC is pretty shady themselves, there are a few restrictions. I think they most come out in risk factors.

One thing that continually shows up is public opinion. FW and legislators  are not above that. And that is the reason that ME newspapers and TV stations are bought and paid for . There are other ways of getting the message out. ...lawfully and peacefully. 

Time for a rally in front of the state house in Augusta. With hand outs. In language that the average person understands quickly and easily. Short attn. spans for a variety of reasons.

Have a delegated person to talk to the microphones and reporters. Since the TV stations and newspapers do not work for the people of ME, they will not always seek out the more knowledgeable and articulate.


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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