James C. LaBrecque on L.D. 616 in BDN: Delaying the Rights of Maine People

Recently, LD 616, a bill allowing citizens in Unorganized Territories to have a voice in zoning wind towers, which the Baldacci administration stripped from the public through the 2008 Wind Energy Act, was pulled from the omnibus energy bill. Senate Democratic Leader Seth Goodall of Richmond said the reason he was pulling the bill was, “These are very complicated issues. We need to look at these issues comprehensively, look at all the moving parts to strike the right balance between economics, people and the process.”

Unfortunately, the Democrats were not interested in citizens’ rights issues when ramming the Wind Energy Act through the Legislature in 2008, but now they choose to use due diligence as an excuse to further delay the rights of Maine people. Justice delayed is justice denied.

James C. LaBrecque



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Comment by Martha thacker on June 30, 2013 at 7:51am

Link from Bangor Daily News on TransCanada's way of doing business.


Comment by Martha thacker on June 30, 2013 at 7:48am

Google TransCanada's affiliates in Maine. Have read how they treat protesters like criminals. Take land by emminent domain for their pipeline even though there is no benefit to US citizens. Maine state govt. does business with shadies. They built  Kibby Mt. windfarm. If this is the windfarm that goes by the Appalachian Trail, the hearing was a doozy. A female forest ranger was going to testify as to the detrimental effect on tourists hiking the trail etc. Darrell Issa called from Washington and informed LURC she could only admit written statements. This was during g bush 's administration...and stated in a LURC hearing. My neighbor and I listened to it on the radio. Thus, no link. 


Comment by Penny Melko on June 30, 2013 at 7:22am

When our Congress and Whitehouse are in the pockets of robber barons only money has meaning to them. They hear nothing but the coins clinking out of the machines. The fact is that the people don't have access to local, state or U.S. legislators' investment portfolios to determine if their votes and investments are one in the same. We know the peoples' public lands have been given away to the wind and solar industries and they're stripping the wildlands bare of any future value and slashing up our Mona Lisas, which are our towns and communities. If you notice not a single supplier has made any serious attempt to change the design of the wind turbines where they can legitimately be called "clean" technology. There is no attempt to consider the people at any level. Congress and our President, who people in Ireland and South Africa openly call a war criminal, have opened up our lands and crippling the economy of the American people while they laugh all the way to the same banks guilty of interest rate setting and money laundering. What I say may sound like a rant. However, on the long ride home from Los Angeles early one morning I listened to Democracy now and a 2 part interview with Sterling and Peggy Seagrave, 2 historical researchers of Japan leading up to WWII and after. They followed the trail of the gold Japan took during their prewar years of conquests. The booty was hid in the Philippines. The interview was the story of operation Golden Lily. Nixon, military players like MacArthur, banks and gangsters conspired for some of that gold. The reality is that many of the people in the most powerful positions are nothing more than thugs and thieves posing as political and corporate leaders. http://spitfirelist.com/for-the-record/ftr-689-interview-with-sterl... As I write I hear the sound of what sounds like a train going down the tracks for the last 11 hours but it's not a train rolling down the tracks but hundreds of wind turbines penetrating and destroying the sanctity of my house. Stop these things!


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 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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