Angus King wants to convert Defense Department vehicles to electricity

U.S. Sen. Angus King’s bill calls for transitioning the non-tactical fleet of the U.S. Department of Defense to electric and other zero-emission vehicle types. King said his proposal would require three quarters of non-tactical vehicles purchased by the department to be electric or zero-emission and made in the U.S.

Non-tactical vehicles include cars, vans and some trucks. The defense department is the world’s largest institutional consumer of petroleum and causes more than half of the U.S. government’s greenhouse gas emissions, King said.

King sits on the Senate’s armed services and energy and natural resources committees. He said his proposal “would be a significant step to reduce greenhouse gases, increase the resiliency of our national defense, and invest in America’s electric vehicle manufacturing.”

Seth Berry, Top CMP critic leaves Maine Legislature to help run consumer-owned utility campaign

by Caitlin Andrews


One of Maine’s most prominent Central Maine Power Co. critics is resigning from his seat and dropping his bid for another term to focus more on a consumer-owned utility referendum.

Rep. Seth Berry, D-Bowdoinham, the co-chair of the Legislature’s energy panel, announced Thursday that he was stepping down from what little remains of this term to pay more attention to the initiative led by the group Our Power, which Mainers could vote on in late 2023.

The ballot question would ask Mainers if they would like to create the Pine Tree Power Company, which would use bonds to buy out CMP and Versant Power, the state’s two biggest electric utilities. CMP and its allies have started their own counter-referendum campaign to try to require voters to approve big bonding projects by government-controlled entities...................

........................“Our Power’s ballot question is a path to clean energy savings and self-determination not only for Maine, but by our example, for others too.”

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Comment by Willem Post on June 18, 2022 at 6:18pm

Biden Energy Secretary: Buy an EV Peasant!


Essay by Eric Worrall


Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm, who last month pocketed 1.6 MILLION exercising share options on an Electric Vehicle company, has suggested people experiencing gasoline pain should just buy a medium-size crossover EV, for about $45,000, plus sales tax, dealer prep/documentation.


Biden’s Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm insists high gas prices are ‘a very compelling case’ to buy an electric car.

She is worth $8 million and recently exercised $1.6 MILLION stock option in electric car company


Granholm, in a clip surfaced Tuesday, made the case for going electric amid sky high gas prices 

If you filled up your EV [electric vehicle], and you filled up your gas tank with gasoline, you would save about $60 per fill-up,’ she said  


Granholm made similar points in a White House press briefing in May 2021. ‘If you drive an electric car, this would not be affecting you.’


Granholm, who is worth $8 MILLION according to Forbes

Last month she also exercised stock options in Proterra, an electric vehicle company where she served as a director

She ended up pocketing $1.6 million on the transaction, according to an energy department spokesperson 


What a self-serving charmer – Secretary of Energy Jennifer Granholm financially benefitted from a company whose value is soaring thanks to a gasoline price crisis which the Biden administration she serves helped to create, via their war on oil pipelines and oil and gas exploration.


No word yet, if any of the Biden family serves on the boards of EV companies Jennifer is involved with. Hunter, where are you? The boards are calling for your “services”


Breitbart reports Biden has instructed Granholm to meet with oil companies, to figure out ways to boost crude production and reduce gasoline pump prices.


This follows on from a letter Biden sent to oil companies, which contained the ominous warning “my Administration is prepared to use all reasonable and appropriate Federal government tools and authorities to increase refinery capacity and output in the near term”.


Biden expects oil companies to bring an explanation for their lack of production to their meeting with Granholm. 


Report: Philadelphia’s Electric Bus Fleet in Complete Shambles


By Paul Homewood


Proterra, which had Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm on its board of directors, when Philadelphia pulled the buses off the streets last year, has been highlighted by the Biden administration as a business of the future.


President Joe Biden visited the company’s factory in April and pledged in his initial infrastructure package proposal to include federal money for the electric vehicle market.


The company has since been touted by top officials including White House climate adviser Gina McCarthy, who in a public meeting asked Proterra’s CEO how the federal government could spur demand for Proterra buses.


The cost of Proterra’s electric buses has gained attention in recent weeks.


On a recent trip by Biden to La Crosse, Wis., it was revealed that two buses the city ordered from Proterra for $1.5 million in 2018 have still not been delivered.


Over the past five days, Proterra’s stock price has fallen over 25 percent.


Philadelphia’s Proterra buses were first rolled out for the 2016 DNC convention with a promise that the city was “plugging into an emissions free future.”


Granholm was on Proterra’s board from 2017 until earlier this year. It was during that time that both SEPTA and Proterra learned that the heavier buses were cracking, according to the WHYY report.


Philadelphia placed the Proterra buses in areas where it thought they could succeed but quickly learned it was mistaken. Two pilot routes selected in South Philadelphia that were relatively short and flat compared with others in the city were too much for the electric buses.


“Even those routes needed buses to pull around 100 miles each day, while the Proterras were averaging just 30 to 50 miles per charge,” WHYY reporter Ryan Briggs wrote. “Officials also quickly realized there were not parking spaces room at the ends of either route for charging stations.”


Similar problems have been found in other cities that partnered with Proterra. Duluth, Minn., which, like Philadelphia, waitedthree years for its Proterra buses to be delivered, ultimately pulled its seven buses from service “because their braking systems were struggling on Duluth’s hills, and a software problem was causing them to roll back when accelerating uphill from a standstill,” according to the Duluth Monitor.


Proterra did not respond to a request for comment.



Comment by Penny Gray on June 17, 2022 at 7:30pm

There's nothing worse than being booed at a Moose Lottery Reveal.

Comment by Dan McKay on June 17, 2022 at 4:08pm

Janet Mills booed unmercifully at Moose Lottery Reveal, from someone who was there.

Comment by Dan McKay on June 17, 2022 at 4:05pm

Seth Berry as a member of the legislature was a communist. Now, he is a communist on the loose. Best to do the opposite of anything he conjures up.

Comment by Penny Gray on June 17, 2022 at 12:44pm

Oh, what a good idea, and the vehicles should have short-mast "ego-blow" wind turbines on top of their roofs and solar panels on their hoods.  Wean them off of fossil fuels!

Comment by Dudley G. Gray on June 17, 2022 at 6:37am

Angus King is not ignorant ,nor dumb, but he is a master prevaricator, showman,and very clever at lining his pockets with taxpayer funds. He cares not a wit about the environment, although he is excellent in convincing others that he is. His trail of self-aggrandizement is many miles and years long Independet!!!

neither wheat nor chaff. Unfortunately, Maine voters have been hoodwinked by his gift of gab for many years

Comment by Robert Feller on June 16, 2022 at 10:45pm

Additionally, Angus [The Ignorant] seems to be forgetting that it takes FOSSIL FUEL to generate electricity to charge the battery of any electric vehicle.  Angus must have taken lessons from AOC in economics - what a baffoon.

Comment by Robert Feller on June 16, 2022 at 10:43pm

Angus King is dumber than a bag of rocks and every time he opens his mouth he proves it.  I can just see going into battle and looking for an outlet to plug into especially after the enemy would knowingly go after the power generation stations.  My father used to tell me that it was far, far better to keep your mouth shut than to open it and prove to the world your level of ignorance.


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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