What Ever Happened to John Baldacci and his "Quality of Place?"

In the long run, the slow degradation of Maine’s vivid and distinctive quality of place (and the reputation it supports) may be the greatest cost to Maine of all.

   - from "Charting Maine's Future, An Action Plan for Promoting Sustainable Prosperity and Quality Places" (The Brookings Institution)

http://www.brookings.edu/~/media/research/files/reports/2006/10/cities/maine.pdf

The current Maine Wire asks the question  as to what ever happened to this Brookings Institution report:

In October 2006, The Brookings Institution Metropolitan Policy Program published “Charting Maine’s Future: An Action Plan for Promoting Sustainable Prosperity and Quality Places.”  It was impressively produced with many fine pictures of trees, lobster traps, potatoes, Mainers at work and Mainers looking rustic.  It was nicely laid out with many instructive graphs and charts.  Governor Baldacci described it as a “blueprint for Maine’s future.”  Copies were placed in the hands of every sitting legislator.

Did they all read it?  Not a chance.  Did anyone read it?  The evidence is uncertain.  There’s a phrase found in German naval communiques which has always appealed to me because of its emphatic and conclusive tone: “versenkt spurlos” – sunk without a trace.  Seems to apply here.  The “blueprint,” after its initial ballyhooing, rarely pops up in the current political debates.  I’ve seen only one mention of the thing in Maine’s media since it first appeared.  With its tenth anniversary approaching its time for a review.

http://www.themainewire.com/2016/01/brookings-institution-paul-lepage/

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Comment by arthur qwenk on January 22, 2016 at 5:50pm

Baldacci's "quality of place" is definitely being improved by his appointment as vice chair of Avangrid (a subsidiary of Iberdrola) . His pay seems to be in the six figure neighborhood as a payoff perhaps for helping his Iberdrola CEO friend José Ignacio Sánchez Galán get a firm foothold in Maine via pro wind  legislation and inside political influence which drive the wind scam in Maine.

Comment by Donna Amrita Davidge on January 20, 2016 at 9:20pm
He sold the soul of Maine- by selling his soul

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/

 

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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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