Maine Environmental Groups Ignore CO2

Apparently there was virtually no lobbying by the Maine environmental groups last year when the legislature paved the way to increase CO2 emissions in Maine by raising the speed limit on our roads.

When extremely compelling citizen testimony is given on stopping the destructive sprawl of wind turbines in Maine, the citizens are basically treated by the environmental groups as "policy road kill" that must be sacrificed in the fulfillment of their ultimate stated goal of stemming CO2. (despite wind's total lack of efficaciousness in this regard)

But when a far larger CO2 producer comes along, increasing the speed limit, the environmental groups are nowhere to be found.

Disingenuous hypocrisy undermining Maine's environment, citizens, economy and the rights of its citizens.

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CO2 Concerned Legislature OK's More CO2 Throughout Maine

Again, this was empowered by the legislature last year. The same legislature that justifies wrecking Maine with virtually useless wind turbines in the name of CO2, when in fact, driving creates four times as much CO2 in Maine than electricity production. And now driving will produce even more.

Maine transportation commissioner OKs higher speed limits on select stretches of interstate system

http://bangordailynews.com/2014/05/27/news/state/maine-transportati...

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Turbine Turnpike Hypocrisy in the Maine Legislature

In today's Portland Press-Herald, we see a story (below) on how interstate speed limits in Maine are set to rise. As the article explains, the decision that empowered state agencies to increase these speed limits came from the Maine state legislature last year. The article also notes that a move to a higher speed limit may cause more fossil fuel to be burned, e.g. "...some in the trucking industry said it costs a company more in fuel than it does in labor to have a driver go 70 mph versus 65 mph, he said."

Meanwhile, if one goes to the EPA's CO2 emissions data, one sees that in Maine, transportation produces four times as much CO2 as electricity:

SOURCE:

http://epa.gov/statelocalclimate/resources/state_energyco2inv.html

In other words, the same legislature that passed the heinous Expedited Wind Law in 2008 on the basis (to large extent) of wind's falsely claimed ability to save the planet from CO2 caused by making electricity, actually later passed legislation that encourages a grossly larger CO2 source (driving) to produce greater amounts of CO2.

What is going on?

Maine Turnpike, interstate speed limits 
set to rise

Advocates say drivers are already going faster, while opponents cite safety and fuel economy concerns.

By David Hench dhench@pressherald.com
Staff Writer

http://www.pressherald.com/news/Maine_Turnpike__interstate_speed_li...

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Comment by Art Brigades on May 27, 2014 at 6:24pm

Not a single legislator voted against the bill, which became law without the Governor's signature. 

Comment by Mike DiCenso on May 24, 2014 at 10:08pm

Maybe there are secret plans for electric 18 wheelers? That is like the NRCM supporting windsprawl but opposing the mining to collect the materials to build them. Nonsensical. What frightens me is most of these people are college educated but are not thinking in a logical manner. 

Comment by Monique Aniel Thurston on May 24, 2014 at 11:31am

must  be  the oil lobby ....

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."

https://pinetreewatch.org/wind-power-bandwagon-hits-bumps-in-the-road-3/

 

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

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(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 https://www.pinetreewatchdog.org/wind-power-bandwagon-hits-bumps-in-the-road-3/From 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?" https://www.pinetreewatchdog.org/wind-swept-task-force-set-the-rules/From 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.” https://www.pinetreewatchdog.org/flaws-in-bill-like-skating-with-dull-skates/

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