What's it going to take for Mainers to rebel?

How about taking a step back and simply looking at how our government has crushed us. For example, for starters and in no particular order:

1. The Maine senate president Justin Alfond is caught red handed conspiring with the wind industry to pass the laws they want. It is documented by the Maine Center for Public Interest Reporting.

2. Former Governor (and now US Senator) Angus King gets a $102 million DOE loan guarantee enabling his project to go forward; he claims breakthrough technology to secure this gift even though it isn't; Congresswoman Chellie Pingree writes a letter recommending they give him the loan guarantee; his Record Hill wind project destroys the tranquility of Roxbury Pond and now an add on project is in the works.

3. U.S. Congresswoman Chellie Pingree is married to S. Donald Sussman, largest media owner in Maine whose media almost always fail to report on the cons of wind. It turns out we learn that all along, he had been the person who gave First Wind's longtime owner, hedge fund D.E. Shaw its start with a $28 million stake

4. Governor John Baldacci's PUC Chair Kurt Adams takes over $1 million in stock options from First Wind while still at the PUC and after interviewing at First Wind for months according to the Maine Center for Public Interest Reporting. He then jumps to First Wind to become their director of transmission. This as the PUC prepares to gift the wind industry with the $1.4 billion CMP upgrade - a ratepayer financed shipping system for the wind industry.

5. EUT member Stacey Fitts kills 12 citizen-initiated wind bills by kicking the can down the road by calling for a study of wind. The study gets done (and points to a myriad of problems)  and the EUT never looks at it. The citizens' bills are dead. This all happens in front of a snickering EUT committee where some of the members are contemptuous of citizens and spend half the meeting time texting. Meanwhile, we learn that Fitts' employer, part of the renewable energy industry in Maine, boasts on its website that "one of its engineers in Maine" (Guess Who!!!) is busy at work getting the right laws passed

6. EUT Co-chair Jon Hinck squelches citizen wind bills while his wife Juliet Browne is the wind industry's top attorney in Maine

7. Alex Cornell Du Houx of the EUT also squelches citizens' wind bills and it turns out he is an employee of the Truman Project's Operation Free which advocates for wind. Its logo features a wind turbine

8. In response to citizen complaints Attorney General Janet Mills conducts a short investigation of the aforementioned Kurt Adams stock options and blesses it. Her sister, state CDC director Dora Mills says that there are no peer reviewed studies showing that wind could be dangerous to health, despite considerable evidence to the contrary.

9. Governor John Baldacci hand picks a wind task force consisting of virtually all pro-wind members and gives them marching orders to clear out any obstacles standing in the way of wind development. This results in sweeping legislation known as Governor Baldacci's expedited wind law which makes it all but impossible to stop wind projects. The scenic restrictions that existed before, which make total sense in a state whose core essence is scenic beauty, are essentially gone. The legislature rubber stamped his emergency bill. They never debated it. Most never read it.

10. In September 2009 Governor Baldacci returns from an Iberdrola-hosted trip to Europe to "study" wind. Upon his return he talks of a Maine law that prevents companies like Iberdrola from owning transmission (which they do) and owning wind projects (which they want to do). He talks about his needing to look into this law and getting it changed. This is covered in the press. Such a law is now under consideration in the legislature. (January 2016). In December 2016, former Governor John Baldacci became Vice Chairman of Iberdrola's wind division, Avangrid. This is not covered in the press.

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Comment by Jim Wiegand on February 1, 2016 at 6:48pm

When people realize that their very existence is at stake from an emerging corporate monster, they will be forced to rise. The climate change summit is just one part of this corrupt corporate driven monster. This summit is as improperly named as green energy. It is really a titans of industry exercise in collusion, guaranteeing these financial bastards a generous cut for doing nothing except cooking the CO2 books.

 

Comment by alice mckay barnett on January 31, 2016 at 7:29pm

bio mass means tree loss.......stop shipping to Europe???  What are they paying? 

RPS is a problem and Mike Thibodeau knows it.

Comment by Thinklike A. Mountain on January 31, 2016 at 4:40pm

Comment by Dan McKay on January 31, 2016 at 12:30pm
Massachusetts's electric rate = 20.1 cents per kilowatt-hour
Maine's  electric rate              = 14.9 cents per kilowatt-hour
Massachusetts's Class I REC price = above 5.0 cents per kilowatt-hour
Maine Class I REC price                  = less than 0.5 cents per kilowatt-hour 
Maine qualifies biomass for Class I RECs, Massachusetts does not.  Maine biomass generated more than enough RECs to satisfy Maine's portfolio needs and this over supply had kept Maine REC prices low which has meant a lower impact on electric rates. Maine rates will go up with the loss of biomass RECs as plants close. This is a direct cause due to Massachusetts and Connecticut disqualifying biomass Class I RECs. On behalf of the Maine ratepayer, I say a reciprocal law is necessary.
Comment by Long Islander on January 31, 2016 at 12:17pm

While he was First Wind's CEO, Paul Gaynor was also Mass Governor Deval Patrick's green energy advisor. Do we think the "demand" for Maine wind by Mass is coming from Mass citizens or from the "Rigged-o-Sphere"?

Comment by Dan McKay on January 31, 2016 at 11:09am

Maine should reciprocate  Massachusetts and Connecticut laws that refuse our state's biomass plants class I renewable energy credits (REC)  which has caused the shutdown of two biomass plants in Maine. 

   Massachusetts and Connecticut renewable standards have created an explosion of wind development in Maine and the RECs from this development are used to their credit.
    Maine should mandate 90% of all RECs generated by wind development in the state is applied , at no cost, to Maine's renewable credit.
Comment by Penny Gray on January 31, 2016 at 6:12am

Are we planning an Earth Day protest at the State House?

Comment by Sherwin A. Start on January 30, 2016 at 9:35pm

AS soon as MAINERS have No Choice but accept Wind Power - The RATES will double/Triple/Quadruple  -Then U will see a REBELLION !! Right now Wind Power Rates are very Low do the fact that the US TAXPAYERS are Subsidizing them !! When these SUBSIDY'S  Dry up - WATCH Out - Wind Power will become one of the MOST expensive Sources of Power -EVER In the History of the State of MAINE/New England - eclipsing  rates of FOSSIL FUEL Generated Power by Several Times over ! The Up grades to the transmission  net work/lines will be paid for by MAINERS- NOT the RECIEVERS Of the Power generated in this state !! That's Your on-going Christmas Present -Curtesy of the  State Of Maine  and its PUC !!

Comment by alice mckay barnett on January 30, 2016 at 4:46pm

Mountain View,  a citizen's initiative was launched and the question is...most voters in Maine think they like wind because of the media.  So, the vote might not be what we need.  We need to work with Mike Thibodeau Senate President....ask him to be there Earth Day.

Comment by Penny Gray on January 30, 2016 at 4:43pm

Dan Remian led a heroic citizen's petition drive this past year and got ten thousand signatures.  Only fifty three thousand more were needed.  Without hiring  professional signature gatherers, it seems a daunting task.  The casino promoters hired professionals and a few locals and came up with the required number of signatures, along with a few interesting articles in the newspapers.  The fight for Moosehead, and the absconding of citizen signs by the Maine DOT, was the beginning of a Maine awakening.  In order to override the media's pro-wind bias, we  need to do what the Vermonters did.

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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