Thank you,Christopher Hyde for explaining so well why dams are bad and contribute to...not help eliminate...unclean power and are just no damn good!
1. NO hydroelectric dam is without environmental consequences. One reservoir, the size of Connecticut (about the size of some built by Hydro Quebec) displaces entire forests of CO2-absorbing trees.
2. No fish grown in these waters are edible, because of mercury contamination.
3. Hydro-Power can replace some fossil fuel generated power. We gave all of Maine's away to Florida Power and Light about 20 years ago. Solar and wind would replace still more without the harmful effects of dammed-up lakes; There are a lot of people in Quebec who don't like the monster to their North. Here in Maine there is new evidence to suggest that HQ reservoirs are warming the Gulf of Maine and destroying our fisheries, Do we want to contribute to that?
4. No other transmission lines can be connected to NECEC because it is High Voltage Direct Current, which requires multimillion dollar substations to connect to a normal power grid.
6. Turning NECEC into a "transportation corridor" thereby destroying the Maine Woods experience, is a good reason to be against it. What kind of "transportation" is that? Snowmobiles, in case anyone wants to fry their brains riding under an HVDC line.
Economic growth? Unlimited growth is the philosophy of the cancer cell.