Mills Administration Announces Maine Climate Council Membership

Mills Administration Announces Maine Climate Council Membership

Mills Administration Announces Maine Climate Council Membership
September 19, 2019

The Maine Climate Council, tasked with helping Maine confront climate change, is set to meet for the first time next Thursday, during Climate Action Week

The Mills Administration today announced the membership of the Maine Climate Council. The Climate Council, which was proposed by Governor Mills in April and passed with bi-partisan and overwhelming support in the legislature, is charged with establishing strategies and initiatives to help the state meet its greenhouse gas reductions and renewable energy generation targets as it works to combat climate change, and to make sure our communities, industries and people are resilient to the changes our state is facing.

The Climate Council consists of several department commissioners, key state leaders, science and technical experts, business and non-profit leaders, municipal leaders, a tribal representative, and a representative of Maine youth. It is co-chaired by Hannah Pingree, Director of the Governor’s Office of Policy Innovation and the Future, and Jerry Reid, Commissioner of the Department of Environmental Protection.

“Governor Mills has made tackling climate change one of her top priorities and, from ushering in renewable energy to establishing the Climate Council, she’s already taken significant action,” said Hannah Pingree, Co-Chair of the Maine Climate Council. “The future of Maine’s communities, our state’s economy, and the lives and health of our citizens depends on us stepping up to confront the challenge of climate change. I look forward to leading Maine’s Climate Council as we work to meet our emission reduction targets, create new clean energy jobs, and improve the resilience of our communities. The evolving science on climate is daunting, but the future world we leave to our children depends on our actions.”

“Maine has unique challenges when it comes to addressing the problems caused by climate change, but with those challenges comes unique opportunities,” said Jerry Reid, Commissioner of the Department of Environmental Protection and Co-Chair of the Maine Climate Council. “The Climate Council will bring together knowledgeable people with different perspectives to develop responsible strategies tailored to the needs of our citizens, our environment, and our economy. I look forward to beginning this important work.”

The Climate Council is scheduled to meet for the first time on Thursday, September 26, 2019 – during Climate Action Week. More details will be released next week on the timing and location of the meeting.

The Climate Council will also convene several working groups from within its membership – including a Scientific and Technical Subcommittee, a Transportation Working Group, a Coastal and Marine Working Group, a Natural and Working Lands Group, and others – to focus on how the state can tackle challenges within these specific areas. In addition to recommending new policy and innovative strategies to reach these emission and energy goals, the Council will update the Maine State Climate Plan every four years, and will solicit input from the public and report out progress on its goals every two years to the people of Maine. The first Climate Action Plan is due to be submitted to the legislature by December 1, 2020.

Under Governor Mills’ leadership, Maine has set statutory goals of reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 45 percent by 2030 and at least 80 percent by 2050. She has also signed legislation to increase Maine’s Renewable Portfolio Standard to 80 percent by 2030 and set a goal of 100 percent by 2050.

The membership of the Maine Climate Council is as follows:

Members of the State Legislature:

  • Representative Lydia Blume (D)
  • Representative Richard Campbell (R)
  • Senator Everett Brownie Carson (D)
  • Senator David Woodsome (R)

Members of the Executive Branch, or their designees:

  • Amanda Beal, Commissioner of the Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry
  • Dan Burgess, Director of the Governor’s Energy Office
  • Judy Camuso, Commissioner of the Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife
  • Major General Doug Farnham, Commissioner of the Department of Defense, Veterans and Emergency Management
  • Kirsten Figueroa, Commissioner of the Department Administrative and Financial Services
  • Laura Fortman, Commissioner of the Department of Labor
  • Heather Johnson, Commissioner of the Department of Economic and Community Development
  • Patrick Keliher, Commissioner of the Department of Marine Resources
  • Pender Makin, Commissioner of the Department of Education
  • Bruce Van Note, Commissioner of the Department of Transportation
  • Hannah Pingree, Director of the Governor’s Office of Policy Innovation and the Future
  • Jerry Reid, Commissioner of the Department of Environmental Protection
  • Nirav Shah, Director of the Maine Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Members of Quasi-Government Agencies:

  • Dan Brennan, Executive Director of the Maine State Housing Authority
  • Michael Stoddard, Executive Director of Efficiency Maine Trust

Members Representing Environmental Nonprofit Organizations or Foundations:

  • Alexander Buck, President, Horizon Foundation
  • Kate Dempsey, Maine State Director for The Nature Conservancy

Members with Expertise in Climate Change Science:

  • Ivan Fernandez, Distinguished Professor at the University of Maine’s Climate Change Institute & School of Forest Resources
  • Andrew Pershing, Chief Scientific Officer, Gulf of Maine Research Institute

Members with Expertise in Resilience, Climate Change Adaptation, Emergency Management, or Disaster Risk Reduction:

  • Judy East, Executive Director of the Washington County Council of Governments
  • Kristina Ford, Selectwoman for Town of Boothbay

Other Members:

  • Lori Parnham, Maine State Director for AARP
  • Jessie Perkins, Executive Director of the Bethel Chamber of Commerce

  • Expert on State’s Energy Sector: Ken Colburn, energy and climate expert

  • Representative of Manufacturing Industry: Benedict Cracolici, Energy Manager for Sappi North America
  • Representative of Maine’s Tribes: Maulian Dana, Ambassador, Penboscot Nation
  • Representative of Municipal Government: Steven Golieb, Selectman for the Town of Millinocket
  • Representative of Small Business: Daniel Kleban, Owner of Maine Beer Company
  • Representative of Agriculture: Melissa Law, Owner of Bumbleroot Organic Farm in Windham
  • Representative of Building and Construction Trades: Matt Marks, Executive Director of the Associated General Contractors of Maine
  • Representative of Marine Fisheries: Patrice McCarron, Executive Director of Maine Lobsterman’s Association
  • Representative of Business: Jeff Saucier, Environmental Control for McCain’s Foods
  • Representative of Labor: Matt Schlobaum, Executive Director of the Maine AFL-CIO
  • Representative of Forest Industry: Patrick Strauch, Executive Director of the Maine Forest Products Council
  • Representative of Maine Youth: Ania Wright, Student at the College of the Atlantic

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Comment by Frank J. Heller, MPA on September 22, 2019 at 9:53am

I'll ask it again....WHERE ARE THE CO2 MEASURING STATIONS IN MAINE?  And if there any, where are their records. It is foolish to think there is uniform dispersal of CO2 esp. since it is heavier than air.

I'm also reminded that the impounds, i.e. water behind dams, absorb CO2 and are habitat for plants which convert CO2 into oxygen, stored carbon and water. 

If all the bureaucrats appointed to the panel, get their two-cents in, they will likely come from lobbying groups and the agenda of the media not independent scientific there any democracy in Science or even peer review?

Comment by Stephen Littlefield on September 21, 2019 at 10:24pm

Should be more than several millions for these government clowns to figure out how to extract more money out of the overtaxed civilians and accomplish nothing verifiable! Much like the big blow(wind) that has failed to meet any of it;s claims and destroyed many mountain tops and stripped thousands of acres of forest for their access roads and line corridors that dwarf what would be cut for the CMP corridor! But, it's trying to watch what the hand behind their backs is doing, evil wins when people believe their lies!

Comment by Art Brigades on September 21, 2019 at 11:04am

4/1000ths of one percent.

Knock yourself out, governor!

Comment by Willem Post on September 21, 2019 at 10:20am

The US per-capita energy consumption is 295 GigaJoules (GJ). The world average is less than a third of that (76 GJ). All of Africa averages 15 GJ per capita. All those people living on a lower energy ration want to increase their energy use a whole lot more than Americans are willing to reduce theirs. And there are a whole lot more people in energy poverty than there are in energy affluence. The pressure for increased emissions greatly outweighs the appetite for reductions.

See here (page 12 in the report, but page 14 in the PDF).

Comment by Steve Thurston on September 21, 2019 at 10:19am

The final report and governor’s “emergency” bill have no doubt already been drafted  by lawyer lobbyists for the wind and solar cabal, just like happened with the governor’s task force on wind power in 2008.  This is all for show.

Comment by Willem Post on September 21, 2019 at 10:19am

No matter how much and what color of lipstick the leftist community puts on the wind and solar pig it will still be an unattractive beast. Back in the 1970’s”alternative energy” got it’s start as an alternative to suddenly expensive oil. Continuing to mandate and subsidize bio-fuels/wind/solar in today’s energy reality is beyond stupid.
Record resource of 3.4 quadrillion cubic feet of potential gas.
That’s about 120 years at current use consumption. If you add in the proved reserves (not included in above), it’s about 3.8 thousand trillion cubic feet, or 140 years of runway.

Comment by Willem Post on September 21, 2019 at 10:16am

Fossil Fuel Percentage Unchanged for Over 43 years

In the 1970s the big worry was fossil fuels would soon run out, and so we should “use them wisely”. But in the 1980s the risk changed to one of an overheating planet, and so we should not use them at all. This article shows unchanged fossil energy use from 1970 to 2013, a period of 43 years.– sthash.ppb98WN4.dpbs

Fossil fuels have been 78 to 80 percent of total primary energy for at least 43 years, despite trillions of dollars having been spent on RE during the past 20 years. It appears there is plenty of FF for at least the next 80 to 100 years, albeit at higher prices.

FF CO2 emissions are only about 36.183 b Mt, FF/53.4 b Mt, all sources = 68% of all manmade emissions in 2016. Considering the extreme steepness of the FF CO2 reductions to stay within 2 C by 2100, which are impossible to implement (see graphs in URLs), even steeper reductions to reduce ALL manmade CO2 would be impossible as well, even if the entire world were to build only nuclear and hydro plants as of right now. See URLs.

Comment by Willem Post on September 21, 2019 at 9:40am

If humans are alleged to be the main culprits regarding climate and the weather, why not have fewer humans?

We should reduce the guilty human population by a factor of ten to reduce the human impact on the environment so the other fauna and flora can survive and thrive.

Instead, we are reducing the innocent fauna and flora by a factor of ten, or more, and driving many species to extinction, because of human intrusion on their environment and habitats.



The sperm of just one male would become very valuable in a world of many "castrati", and could produce many thousands of babies.

However, if the population of fertile young women were reduced ten times or more, the production of babies would be significantly limited.


Abortion for free for everyone, everywhere, upon voluntary request? Of course.

However, it would be better to act BEFORE the fact.

One way to do that, and have an anti-poverty program as well, is to donate $2500 to a young woman in a poor country to have a minor operation FOR FREE, so she can no longer have children.
About $25 billion per year would treat 10 million young women each year.
They likely would live in countries with per capita incomes of about $500/y or less 

Almost all US inhabitants would not qualify.
The families of these women would be well off in their countries.

They could afford to send their children to school and learn a trade.
All would be voluntary.

The knee jerk comment often is “government eugenics”, etc.
I want this to be a private effort.
People would get a US income tax deduction, if they contributed to PRIVATE funds.
Keep the government out of it.
Make it a grassroots people-to-people program.


The rich get their tax deductions anyway.
This time it would be for a good cause.
Helping young women in poor countries become relatively well off and have a better future.


The world population is currently (2019-2020) growing at a rate of around 1.08% per year (down from 1.10% in 2018, 1.12% in 2017 and 1.14% in 2016); 1% of 7.5 billion is 75 million/y. The growth rate has decreased by nearly half since 1968 (2.08%).


A likely comment: “The funny thing about people who advocate reducing the population to save the planet is that they always want to start by killing babies. They never seem to see themselves as members of the surplus population in need of extermination. What a strange coincidence.”


My program is pro-active.
No one gets pregnant in the first place.
No one gets killed.
Young woman would be a lot better off in their own countries
No reason to leave.
Fewer refugees.
All is private, people to people.
Government is not involved.

Comment by Penny Gray on September 20, 2019 at 6:42pm

Oh and I do agree it's laughable that they don't discuss nuclear power or free birth control for all.

Comment by Penny Gray on September 20, 2019 at 6:41pm

Gosh.  I'm glad there are lots of meteorologists and scientists on that list. ????  Be real nice to know if any of them took physics in college.

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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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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