Based on data for the most recent year available, 2013, only 8.9% of Maine's CO2 emissions were the result of electricity generation. This makes Maine the fourth lowest state in the nation based on this measure. The same figure for the nation is 38.3%, more than four times higher.
QUESTION: So why destroy the state's natural beauty (the reason Tourism is such an economic driver in Maine) with wind turbine and transmission blight in an effort to make "clean" electricity, when electricity is not a problem at all?
ANSWER: People and organizations on the take
From the Energy Information Administration: http://www.eia.gov/environment/emissions/state/analysis/
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We need to get this information out to more people than just on our site. Write letters, make phone calls, talk to your friends outside our circle, submit letters to the media, JUST GET IT OUT! Unfortunately I have to wait to submit to PPH and BDN because of recent postings, but I am going to try and get one in one of the Boston Papers. Here is a rough draft of my letter so far.
Exactly Why Is Maine Taking The Burden For The Whole Northeast?
Maine is being asked to shoulder the burden to provide electricity for Massachusetts, Rhode Island and Connecticut, at the expense of our ratepayers, our environment, our tourism, and our wellbeing. Of all the states in the Northeast we are the cleanest. The EIA (U.S. Energy Information Administration) in the most recent posting they made has listed all the states and where they stand on energy use. We are nearly at the top of the list on how little CO2 producing energy we use to produce electricity. Not counting DC, we are fourth lowest in CO2 emissions for all our electricity use. 8.9% of our CO2 emissions are a result of electricity use while the national number is 38.8%. That is more than four times what we produce. Only Vermont, Alaska and Idaho are cleaner than we are. Massachusetts is twice our level, at 19.3%.
We need to let the people of Massachusetts know that we in Maine don’t want to be their Industrial Power Plant in spite of what the media and their Governor tells them. We have to let them know it is their own responsibility to generate their own power, and that their Governor’s Pollyanna idea that they can become 100% “Renewable” is not possible. The media is part of this idea, promoting at every turn that the sky is falling and we can save the Earth from herself. Saving it by destroying it is hardly an answer.
This whole issue is one of mathematics and science, not feelings. For Maine to produce the amount of wind power Massachusetts wants, we would have to blast clear nearly every mountaintop in Maine and build three to four thousand 600 foot wind towers, three times taller than any building in Maine and almost as tall as the Hancock Tower in Boston. And what would happen in Boston when the wind doesn’t blow for a week? That would cover most of the Northern part of the state with towers and power lines. Is that Maine? Would that keep us known as Vacationland? Would Massachusetts do that in her own backyard? I think the answer to all those questions is NO and since they won’t allow us to extend a Natural Gas Pipeline from Pennsylvania to bring our heating bills down to earth, the last thing we should do for them is raise our rates and destroy our environment.
The truth must be told. Wind and solar are Not the solution to mitigate CO2, whatever that is worth. The economic consequences of wind and solar considering construction materials, longevity, environment destruction for sites and roads, lost trees that mitigate CO2, wildlife destruction and disruption, demand unreliability, expense, property value destruction, transmission problems, grid instability, storage, and just plain ugliness make them possibly the WORST solution.
Measured in Million Metric Tons, Maine is #3 behind only Vermont and Idaho.
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