The Maine Climate Council is taking suggestions.
Take their survey before end of the day Saturday, August 22.
They actually are allowing written replies to questions. They need a good dose of reality (the kind of thoughtful, fact-based info found right here on the Citizens Task Force Blog) before they start making their policy recommendations to the governor and legislature. Without our critical thinking, they are apt to do the lemming march, and recommend some sort of special law to expedite windmills or some silly such thing.
They have laid out several strategies for our comment. I was most interested in the Energy Strategy.
First, read their "Strategies" here:
Then take the survey here:
It takes only a few minutes. Do it before the deadline. Be credible, factual, focused. Don't waste your time denying climate change; they aren't going to listen. If their goals are to reduce CO2, tell them how to do it without ruining the environment or the economy. Let them know that there are critical thinking environmentalists out here, and the Climate Council better not try to slip another unicorn & lollipop report onto legislators' desks.
Agree with me or not, here were my replies, for what they are worth:
2. Clean energy is a broad term: as above, break down the various energy sectors. Focus on what's doable and what provides ROI, which is heating and transport. The grid is fine; leave it alone. Electricity is fine; leave it alone. If electrification is going to happen, then maybe the 80% of Maine electricity generating capacity currently idle can be brought out of mothballs. If we need additional clean electricity, keep pursuing the "low-impact/high benefit" Quebec connections. Stop ruining the countryside with "high impact/low benefit" mountaintop wind projects. Consider a long term plan to get back into nuclear, which is essential if we want to electrify our way out of CO2 emissions. In a nutshell, go where the CO2 is: heating and transport. Bet the farm on heat pump and EV proliferation. Don't worry about subsidizing charging stations, as those will happen organically. Much more important and effective to reduce barriers to entry with rebates, subsidies, tax credits, etc.