Does Maine Tourism Office Want to Cripple Cars?

In a state that relies on driving and tourism, some wish to make automobile use far more costly. While this article seemingly attempts to create justification for toxin-producing solar and toxin-producing electric car batteries for a more electricity-reliant future, as usual, there's not a single mention of nuclear power.


Reducing emissions from transportation is a long, difficult road for Maine

A preference for pickups, paltry spending on public transit options and slow adoption of electric vehicles create significant obstacles for the state's ambitious goals.

......................Eventually, Mainers are going to have to confront the impact their everyday vehicle use is having on the environment, said Dylan Voorhees, energy director at the Natural Resources Council of Maine.

A multistate alliance called the Transportation Carbon Initiative could provide future relief. The initiative, a collection of 12 Northeast and mid-Atlantic states and Washington, D.C., intends to put a limit on the amount of carbon produced by vehicles and put a price on that pollution. It is modeled on a similar program that reduced greenhouse gases from power plants in New England starting in 2007.

“I’m a fairly big believer in markets to get the right outcome – people understand the economic implications of their actions,” Voorhees said.

“We need to account for the fact that our cars and trucks are polluting our atmosphere, are changing our oceans, are changing our forests, are making us sick; that is the cost of our polluting out of our tailpipes for free,” he added. “We are not really paying the full cost of driving any of our cars, much less our trucks.”..................

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Comment by Stephen Littlefield on December 15, 2019 at 9:09pm

Just another bunch of snowflakes whining about people living their lives on their own terms and not goose stepping to the government tune! After reading the whole article they are spewing agenda21 or is it agenda 2030 now? Everyone living in controlled communities where no one has a vehicle and government controls transportation! In the interim they say they want us to change to electric vehicles,which are not efficient, electricity converts power at no better than 50% and often less. With no ability to charge the vehicles on the road in most places and no gas tax to pay what's supposed to take care of the roads, it seems that this group, Mills and Pingree all suffer from cerebral rectal inversion! I choose not to live in town, it's my right and the right of every American to choose how they live, not the choice of a bunch of pencil necked geeks that bob their heads to the socialist Mills!

Comment by Bob Stone on December 15, 2019 at 12:23pm

Nor is there any mention of what happens to the emissions after they leave the "tailpipe."  No mention of our immense forests sequestering the CO2.  Not part of the climate change religion, so it is ignored.


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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