NRCM's Dylan Voorhees: "We're still reeling"

President-elect Trump has said he is not a fan of energy generated from wind and solar power. That’s of high concern for Maine’s environmental groups. Dylan Voorhees, a scientist for the Natural Resources Council of Maine, worries Trump might unravel progress made by the Obama administration on the Environmental Protection Agency’s clean air and power plans, particularly a rule that’s under development to reduce mercury and other emissions that pollute the air.

“We’re still reeling and contemplating what a Trump presidency might mean environmentally, both nationally in Maine,” Voorhees said. “It’s really hard, like the rest of his policy platform, to interpret what that will mean for the world. One thing it means is that we’re going to be on defense.”

http://bangordailynews.com/2016/11/12/the-point/how-a-trump-preside...

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Comment by Eric A. Tuttle on November 17, 2016 at 2:49pm

They have found a way through what were once well intentions to make environmentalism profitable, is my take, though in a destructive ways. Each wanting their own piece of the pie (Maine) for exploitation.

A list of those and how much it took, to chisel a piece of protection away should be kept and published and with their justifications. As well so should who it benefited. Not Maine, that is clearly evident when Maine is not in need of the product. Since there are NO journalists, (keeping a Journal of continuation of a story of importance) remaining in our national media, will anyone remember or learn from our contributions of what will become history?

Comment by arthur qwenk on November 17, 2016 at 2:27pm

Corporate Environmentalism as espoused by NRCM et al is killing Maine.

Comment by arthur qwenk on November 17, 2016 at 1:40pm

Companies Weigh Impact of Donald Trump's Win - from the WSJ

 Harold Hamm, Mr. Trump’s chief adviser on energy issues, said subsidies for renewable energy like solar and wind, and credits for electric cars, should be eliminated. “None of it should be subsidized, none of it,” Mr. Hamm said Wednesday. “If it makes it in the market, fine.”

www.wsj.com/articles/businesses-world-wide-face-uncertainty-in-wake...

Comment by Eric A. Tuttle on November 13, 2016 at 12:34pm

@Paula

But, as always, it won't happen just because of a change at the top, helpful as that is, but with citizen participation and actions from the bottom up. We now may have a more level playing field. This isn't the time to rest and see what happens, we've got to get out there and make it happen. 

As this election has shown, it is by shear Numbers that, we need to make our presence known. At all events, meetings, etc. with participation as often as we can. Listening to those hearings by whatever means such as their audio, the failed News Media, or other recordings of those events. Then make it known by letters or email or personal contact, what We the People want and need. BR-Exit or US-Exit, maybe a ME-Exit is needed to protect this state.

A Concept:

Electoral College system of citizen voting on Land Use, where each UT, Town, City gets One equal vote by land recognition boundary. Not of County nor State control for unpopulated areas, but by asumption of a NO development vote, without a 2/3 Electoral concensus. Popular voting would pertain only to the community to be developed should any Land Use Laws allow after citizen consensus.  

Comment by Paula D Kelso on November 13, 2016 at 11:49am

Here's where the rubber hits the road.

Pingree, King and Collins had amicable working relationships with federal agencies, drawing lots of federal cash to the state for defense contractors, infrastructure upgrades and, in some cases, to underwrite law-enforcement and educators’ salaries. Those relationships will require some massaging as the delegation continues its work to tap federal coffers for Maine’s manifest needs.

Do we get to redefine 'Maine's manifest needs' or do we keep on with the same old same old best buds network of greed? Can we all be mature and honest enough to prioritize needs according to real world problems or do we continue to push for federal money in any way, shape and form? Infrastructure is one of Trump's high priorities as it produces jobs and improves the economic vitality. But the crunch comes when you choose projects like bridges to nowhere built by the good old boy political cronies or when you choose projects that advance the State's ability to attract and keep long-term employment and that advance the health and well-being of it's citizens.

In my book, industrial wind and solar don't work toward that goal and in fact diminish our State's ability to do so. Nothing will ever be perfect with government but I'm thinking we have a huge opportunity to make a step forward with greater federal and state fiscal responsibility and a loosening of the grip of governmental mandates that infringe on our rights and freedoms.

But, as always, it won't happen just because of a change at the top, helpful as that is, but with citizen participation and actions from the bottom up. We now may have a more level playing field. This isn't the time to rest and see what happens, we've got to get out there and make it happen. Carpe Diem!

Comment by Pineo Girl on November 13, 2016 at 8:42am

I get it Dylan - Damn Damn Damn!  All those huge donations NRCM gets from wind!  All taxpayers subsidized!  Sorry man - The Jig is up!

Comment by Pineo Girl on November 13, 2016 at 8:38am

Absolutley!! Well said Penny!

Comment by Paula D Kelso on November 12, 2016 at 9:54pm

Yeah Penny, you go girl.

Comment by Eric A. Tuttle on November 12, 2016 at 6:32pm

"... selling their seal of approval to the highest bidder? ... There in, lies the problem....... they sell their influence. Not to benefit Maine or the land air or sea, but themselves to keep them empowered.    Hmmm.... sounds like a path to elitism. Sounds like politics is in the path to that goal.

Those of true concern expect nothing but the overall results through cooperation with others, by being informed premised in factual sciences as to the perils we could create as a society.

These shills and politicians (uninformed) did not think Wind through, nor are they fully thinking Solar  with their pollutants through by first creating a method of control for any bad outcomes.

Coal and other fossil fuels where intensive use is required needs to invest to make the protective measures ready. Be Prepared by using the Energy of the Brain.  A  boy scout motto, but wise. 

Comment by Penny Gray on November 12, 2016 at 6:22pm

How about we all stop behaving like little kids in a sandbox fighting over a toy and start pulling together for a common cause?  How about we work together to really and truly make America great again?  How about we start refusing to be brainwashed by the corporate controlled media, and start thinking for ourselves again?  How about turning "green" into an environmental term the way it was intended to be, instead of a word representing a gluttonous frenzy of subsidy seeking carpet baggers preying on well intended but cleverly brainwashed citizens?

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."

https://pinetreewatch.org/wind-power-bandwagon-hits-bumps-in-the-road-3/

 

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

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(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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