CMP’s “New England Clean Energy Connect” Transmission Line Proposal - February 21, 2018
Maine and New England need to increase the use of renewable power to further reduce fossil fuel burning and meet our critically important greenhouse gas reduction goals. However, there are many ways to achieve that objective. First and foremost, we should look to new renewable energy sources like wind (on and offshore) and solar, which are less likely to cause large-scale environmental impacts than large hydroelectric dams.
NRCM is very concerned about statements from the LePage Administration about the NECEC, promising to “push it right through” the permitting process. Maine people deserve a fair, science-based review, not a rush to judgment that benefits two foreign-owned companies.
It's pretty rich that NRCM, who helped created the Baldacci Administration's "push wind right through" Expediited Wind Law is now concerned about a rush to judgment that benefits foreign-owned companies.
"Grant-driven environmental groups have become the pawns of wealthy foundations bent on "progressive" social change. Foundation bosses design "environmental justice" projects and find-or create-groups to do their bidding......Undue Influence exposes the biggest deliberate program of social and economic displacement in American history. A handful of wealthy people are redesigning American politics to fulfill their vision of an "environmental society" that gives them all the power and leaves nothing to the average citizen. This book is based on documents leaked by concerned environmentalists."
--From the following site about the book:
Allegations US Environmentalists May Have Secretly Taken Russian Cash
“The Sierra Club, the Natural Resource Defense Council, the League of Conservation Voters, and the Center for American Progress were among the recipients of Sea Change’s $100 million in grants in 2010 and 2011.....Undue Influence: Wealthy Foundations, Grant Driven Environmental Groups, and Zealous Bureaucrats That Control Your Future....."
I'm beginning to question the definition of the word "environmentalist" and the true agenda of "environmental groups".
Thanks to Massachusetts' zeal to reach spectacular clean energy goals, the New England grid finds itself in painful operating situations.
Massachusetts should concentrate it's efforts to non or low-emitting electric producing plants that allow the proper mix of base-load, load following and peaking plants that markets the lowest cost solution to a cleaner future.
Massachusetts and all the other New England States should repeal all Renewable Portfolio Standards with the narrow qualifying resources that excludes strong hydro, nuclear and low emitting natural gas.
Repealing RPS and reassessing emissions using all alternatives is the only realistic way to balance atmospheric concerns with a fruitful economic future.
The NRCM , the CLF and other environmental groups are pushing a flawed agenda that crushes the ratepayers while developing stalled environmental benefits .
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