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:

       https://climatecouncil.maine.gov/strategies

Then take the survey here:

       https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/MCCenergy

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:

1. Maine’s various energy sectors are diverse: Transportation sector is very dirty, and emits 8 times more CO2 than electricity sector, which is already 2nd cleanest in the US. Don’t fix what ain’t broke.

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. 

3.  I would like to drive an EV, install solar panels, and use additional heat pumps (I have one), but they are all too expensive to buy. I conserve reasonably, but a low energy standard is tantamount to a low standard of living. Don't turn Maine into a 3rd world state.

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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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