Wind Developer Sen Angus King Votes Against "Green New Deal"

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March 26, 2019

King Statement on Green New Deal Resolution

King Votes Against Resolution, Expresses Frustration with Lack of Serious Congressional Action to Combat Climate Change

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Angus King (I-Maine) voted against the Green New Deal resolution before the Senate. In his full statement, which can be read below, King emphasized that while he opposes the contents of the resolution, he strongly agrees with the need for “decisive action.” Also in his statement, Senator King expressed his frustration with to the circumstances surrounding today’s vote, which he described as “a cynical act of political theater.” Senator King’s full statement can be read below:

“The stakes could not be higher in dealing with the urgent crisis posed by climate change; the United States needs to take concrete action and protect our future. As anyone in Maine will tell you: it is clear that climate change is real, its threats are serious, and its impacts are already being felt across our state. If you need an example of the dangers of climate change, you need look no further than the Gulf of Maine, which is warming faster than 99% of the world’s oceans. This rapid increase will dramatically alter ecosystems, cause major damage to local economies, and fundamentally reshape life along Maine’s coast.

“I agree with proponents of the Green New Deal that we need decisive action and ambitious goals to protect our planet for future generations. In terms of desire to see real, impactful measures to address climate change, I’m second-to-none, which is why throughout my time in Congress I’ve introduced and cosponsored legislation to increase energy efficiency, promote renewable resources, and help more clean and efficient energy resources supply power to the grid. But at the same time, I believe that the best way to fully address this challenge is to set realistic goals. As someone who has spent a significant amount of his life working in renewable energy and is well-versed in the technology, I am concerned that the overly aggressive goals in the resolution I voted against today are unrealistic and far too broad.

“I want to emphasize that my skepticism surrounding the current resolution should not be misconstrued as being uninterested in pursuing the most ambitious and realistic action on climate change; I simply differ with the most effective way to accomplish that goal. From my perspective, I believe that the most impactful way to confront this challenge is to create realistic time frames for energy transitions, increase energy efficiency (because the cheapest and cleanest kilowatt hour is the one that we don’t use), implement an improved permitting process, and increase investments in green energy – including research and development – to create price parity with carbon sources. These steps will help not only our environment, but also our economy; by investing in our natural resources, we can make steps toward creating new opportunities for the next generation of workers and reduce our dependence on imported fuels that suck too many dollars out of the Maine economy.

“Finally, I must add that I am frustrated and dispirited that the Senate Majority Leader’s first vote on climate change mitigation isn’t a serious attempt to solve the problem facing our future generations, but rather a cynical act of political theater that did not include hearings or an amendment process to provide the opportunity to improve this flawed resolution. If Congress chooses to play political games with this issue instead of pursuing serious action, we will have abandoned our most important responsibility: the responsibility to leave the next generation a better world than the one we received. So let’s get serious. I stand ready to work with any of my colleagues to set clear, aggressive, and achievable goals and establish concrete steps we can take to address the crisis facing our nation and our world.”

A forceful advocate for clean energy solutions, Senator King is the lead sponsor on clean and efficient energy bills such as the Next Generation Grid Resources and Infrastructure Development (GRID) Actthat would encourage energy independence, foster innovation, and leverage federal resources to support a more resilient and modern electric grid through the use of distributed and clean energy resources.  He is also the lead sponsor of the Combined Heat and Power (CHP) Support Act, legislation that would support businesses investing in energy efficiency technology, help diversify energy options for rural industries, and maximize use of Maine’s natural resources. Senator King introduced this bill in November 2017, after holding an ENR Committee field hearing at Robbins Lumber in Searsmont to identify opportunities to use new energy efficient technologies to sustain and strengthen rural industries. Senator King is also the lead sponsor for the Biomass Thermal Utilization (BTU) Acta bipartisan bill that would incentivize the use of energy efficiency biomass heaters in homes and businesses instead of relying on fossil fuel energy. He has also a cosponsored the Energy Storage Tax Incentive and Deployment Act, bipartisan legislation which would establish an investment tax credit (ITC) for business and home use of energy storage.

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 Angus King gets a $102 million DOE loan guarantee enabling his project to go forward; he claims breakthrough technology to secure this gift even though it isn't; Congresswoman Chellie Pingree writes a letter recommending they give him the loan guarantee. More on King here: The Untold Story of Record Hill Wind (Part 2 of 2) Also see The Untold Story of Record Hill Wind Part 1 of 2  Chellie Pingree is married to S. Donald Sussman, largest media owner in Maine whose media almost always fail to report on the cons of wind. It turns out we learn that all along, he had been the person who gave First Wind's longtime owner, hedge fund D.E. Shaw its start with a $28 million stake

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But the most eyebrow raising turn of events took place in June when King's conservation commissioner, Ronald Lovaglio, replaced LURC staffers who gave Kenetech's project a negative review. They had pointed out that the potential impact on the fragile mountainous soils and endangered birds were serious project flaws. Following the staff replacements, another LURC employee resigned, protesting against heavy-handed tactics.

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Comment by Paula D Kelso on March 27, 2019 at 2:29pm

Politician Rule #1: Always know which side of the bread the butter's on.

Comment by Frank J. Heller, MPA on March 27, 2019 at 1:02pm

Times have changed and it's legacy time......'time we get used to seeing wind turbines on ridges'....doesn't sound very good any more does it?

Comment by Thinklike A. Mountain on March 27, 2019 at 12:35pm

Feb 12, 2019

Press Herald Editorial Board on Green New Deal: "The need for such a plan has been obvious for some time"
The resolution has 67 co-sponsors in the House, including Maine Rep. Chellie Pingree, and has been adopted by a number of Democratic presidential candidates.

Comment by John F. Hussey on March 27, 2019 at 12:03pm

"Lack of Serious Congressional Action to Combat Climate Change" If Congress would shut up we would have less hot air being expelled!


Maine as Third World Country:

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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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