Last year's vote on the Canadian/Maine/Massachusetts shared powerline project was a case of an aroused fraction versus trust in a system dedicated by law to uphold the interests of the electric customers, the protection of the environment and the cooperation of States and Countries to improve business standings.
30% of registered Maine voters cast their wishes for this project. 60% of this 30% voted to reject the project. This results was a mere 18% of Maine voters rejected the project.
What about the 70% that did not vote? What kept them from the polls? Apathy?
More people than not believe the system developed to evaluate the benefits/deterrents of proposed projects works. There was no project more scrutinized, exhaustively examined and actively presented to the public. 70% of the people, by not voting, voted for the status quo.
The majority spoke in a manner that supported the efforts of regulatory agencies to thoroughly question every aspect, uncover every potential impact and decide on behalf of the people of Maine. This is democracy in tune with the people's trust.
Constitutional law stands by the silent as it does for the vocal.
Once it is determined that the regulatory agencies followed the laws and the companies involved in requesting agency oversight were forthcoming, the decisions are the best representation of assurance all decisions made now and going forward will follow procedures granted by the people.
What has transpired since last November that could change how a revote might produce a different result?
Electric prices have soared. The use of natural gas to produce New England's electricity has soared and remains the only backstop to the rapid advancement of intermittent solar and wind.
New England has lost the consistent electricity from retired coal plants and nuclear plants. Something had to give way for the solar-wind onslaught.
If natural gas goes under, electricity, as we know it, becomes a luxury item.
It is simple, solar and wind cannot replace natural gas. The dilemma is the more intermittent resources used to power the grid(sometimes), the more a reliable resource is needed to backstop them. Supply and demand take over.
It is just as much a simple statement the hydro power from Canada is a reliable backstop to intermittent resources and far cheaper than natural gas (which is under attack by environmental activists, the media and banking/investment interests.
Clearly, the grid has transitioned into a customer-unfriendly entity.
If it would please the court, please remand last November's vote back to the people.
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