Why is it that these people have to go back more than a century to the old "Oil Barons" and what they did before all the rules and EPA regulations took effect. The oil companies employ almost as many people as the government and pay them with PROFITS made the old fashioned way. They have overcome the rules and regulations and still make 3 - 5% profit every year. Yes, that's a lot of money, but a very small percentage. And all those profits get plowed back into research and development. There were many years when they made no profit at all, but no one ever mentions that. The manipulation the writer below speaks of has come from government agencies and regulators.
Maine air is not polluted by the oil industry, in fact Maine air is almost as clean as it was before the industrial revolution took place. Was there a time when we had acid rain and other pollutants, sure there was. But most of that came from the huge iron and steel and heavy industries in the midwest. All of them are unfortunately gone, mostly being killed off by the out of control unions, bad management, and regulations that made them cost prohibitive and sent the jobs to China. So naturally our air and water have improved markedly. He can blame the greedy all he wants, but lets now add Al Gore and the Wind Producers to that list of greedy. They are backing up a losing industry and collecting the huge subsidies and putting them in their pockets. There are no jobs, there is no power, there will never be profits. The only thing they will produce is eyesores, cost overruns, grid failures, increased electricity rates and a few GREEDY, very wealthy investors; investors who put in none of their own money, only that of the already beleaguered taxpayers. Wake up People!!!