On UMS Board, First Wind's Kurt Adams now Outnumbered by Gov LePage Appointees

UPDATE on 7/26/13 - from the UMS website, it would appear that Governor LePage has just extended the terms of two of the three UMS Trustees whose terms expired back in May, when we last reported on this. They are Michelle Hood and Kenin McCarty. (See bios below).

There is still one person whose term expired 5/26/13 who has not yet been replaced, Eleanor M. Baker.

As a result of the two extensions, Governor LePage has either appointed or extended 10 of the 16 UMS Trustees.

It is thus time for the University to start reassessing the fraudulent green policies it has BLINDLY supported. It is time for the University to educate the citizens of this state about what it has about wind, starting with the colossal failure of the UMPI wind turbine, which to date the University has popularized with a propaganda film and propaganda roadshow.

Bring on the truth UMS. It is way overdue.

Here are the UMS board's upcoming meetings:

http://www.maine.edu/about-the-system/board-of-trustees/board-meeti...

All meetings are open to the public.

M. Michelle HoodM. Hood

Eastern Maine Healthcare Systems

43 Whiting Hill Road, Brewer, ME  04412

Ms. Michelle Hood became President & CEO of Eastern Maine Healthcare Systems in April 2006, coming to Maine from Billings, Montana where she was President & CEO of the Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth Health Systems, Montana Region, as well as the President & CEO of its flagship hospital, St. Vincent Healthcare.

Ms. Hood received her Bachelor of Science in 1978 at Purdue University and her Master of Health Care Administration at Georgia State University in 1981.  Her early career included roles of Associate Hospital Director at Emory University Hospital in Atlanta, Georgia, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of St. Vincent’s Hospital in Birmingham, Alabama, and Chief Administrative Officer of Norton Hospital in Louisville, Kentucky. 

With responsibility to more than 8,000 EMHS employees and a half of a million Maine citizens, Michelle’s primary function is to provide vision – vision that anticipates both advances and obstacles in the complicated and ever-changing landscape of healthcare.  Her focus is on health care policy developments at the state and national levels, with a view to the  very specific needs and challenges of a vast, rural, and sparsely populated state.  With her eye on the horizon, she works to strengthen the economic climate of the state, build a strong and stable network of health care services for a vast geography and make EMHS a great place to work for the many dedicated professionals who make medicine work in rural Maine.

Ms. Hood is helping to strengthen Maine’s ability to provide the best possible health care to everyone in need by recognizing opportunities to capitalize on existing resources, finding ways to fill resource gaps, making connections, and building creative partnerships that work for Maine communities. 

Ms. Hood and husband, Russell, have two grown children.

Appointment effective: 3/24/10      Appointment expires: 5/26/18

Kevin P. McCarthyKevin McCarthy

Unum Group

2211 Congress Street, Portland, ME  04122

Mr. Kevin P. McCarthy is President and CEO of Unum US.  In this role, he is responsible for the overall management of the segment (formerly known as US Brokerage).   Mr. McCarthy first joined Unum in 1976, working in field administration.  He moved to the reinsurance division as an underwriting manager, became a product manager in 1980, and was subsequently promoted to second vice president, Life and Medical Products in 1982.  From 1984 to 1987, he was chief operating officer for General Health, Inc.  In 1987, Mr. McCarthy returned to Unum as vice president, Long Term Disability Products and Markets and was named vice president, Long Term Care Markets and Products in 1990.  In 1993, Mr. McCarthy joined Unum’s Japan operations and was promoted to President of Unum Japan in 1996, Chairman in 1998, and Senior Vice President of International Operations in the same year.  In 2001, McCarthy became Senior Vice President of Underwriting and in 2006 Executive Vice President of Risk Operations for the company

Mr. McCarthy is currently a director of the Davis Foundations, the Maine Coalition for Excellence in Education, and AHIP (America’s Health Insurance Plans).   Mr. McCarthy has previously been the chairman of the Insurance Subcommittee of the American Chamber of Commerce in Japan, where he was significantly involved in U.S.-Japan bilateral negotiations regarding deregulation and market access.  He has previously been a director of LIMRA International, the International Insurance Council, the Maine International Trade Center, the World Affairs Council, the Portland Museum of Art, the United Way of Greater Portland, the Maine Make-a-Wish Foundation, the Gulf of Maine Research Institute, Corporator of Maine Health, the state’s largest healthcare provider group, and Chairman of the Advisory Council for the University of Southern Maine School of Business.

Mr. McCarthy received his degree in business, graduating summa cum laude, from the University of Southern Maine in 1978.

Appointment effective: 4/7/09     Appointment expires: 5/26/18

http://www.maine.edu/about-the-system/board-of-trustees/board-membe...

Update - the three trustees' terms have expired. It's now more than ever to get the right people on that board.

On May 26, the terms of three UMS trustees appointed by Governor Baldacci will expire. The UMS Board, which includes KURT ADAMS of First Wind has blindly supported all things wind power. So please urge Governor LePage to appoint anti-wind empiricists as the three replacements. This should help move us closer to the point where the UMS board can hopefully re-appraise its blind rush into wind.  We need the University to be a voice of reason instead of a wind industry propaganda source.

The Governor's Director of Boards and Commissions is Michael Hersey:

Michael.Hersey@maine.gov

The Director of Boards and Commissions develops and operates the organizational and procedural structure for gubernatorial appointments to nearly 400 boards and commissions.

Please write to Mr. Hersey and if possible please consider submitting a name for consideration.

http://www.maine.edu/board/board_membership.php

UMS Board of Trustees Approved UMPI Turbine in "Lovefest"

"The University prepared carefully for a discussion of the wind project at the September meeting of the Trustees.  It asked permission for a $2 million total cost project that would install a mid-size wind turbine on campus property.  The president and CFO were armed with data and prepared for the wide variety of questions that the project could legitimately have raised, including the possibility of instinctive dislike of wind power or too bold a campus entrepreneurial activity.  Instead of a grilling, UMPI encountered a love fest."

 

Excerpted from president Donald Zillman's December 2009 account of the UMPI wind turbine project at:

http://www.washburnlaw.edu/wlj/49-1/articles/zillman-donald.pdf

 

Following are the term expirations of the University of Maine System Board of Trustees.

University of Maine's Wind Turbine

This PDF examines the history of the University's industrial wind turbine. As the sole onshore wind experiment by the state, and not an insignicant expense of $2 million and counting, we believe it should give the state pause to question the overblown electricity production promises of the wind industry, on which were based much of the state's expedited wind law that is presently creating havoc with our citizens' health, citizens' rights, wildlife, quality of place, town social dynamics and electricity/transmission rates.

Download PDF at:

UMPI%20Turbine%20Backgrounder_8-3-11.pdf

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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."

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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