This week, the Mid-Maine Chamber of Commerce held a Business Breakfast featuring Thorne Dickenson titled, “New England Clean Energy Connect: A Project Critical to Our Energy Future”, and they denied a request from our side to hold a similar event to present concerns about the project's negative impacts. Luckily, Senators Russell Black and Scott Cyrway, as well as Representative Dennis Keschl, the local delegation, immediately sent a letter requesting that the Mid-Maine Chamber rectify the situation. Please join us in thanking these lawmakers.
It's troubling that the Mid-Maine Chamber of Commerce chose to put the interests of two foreign corporations before the interests of more than 4,000 area residents who signed our petition last year to bring this issue to a statewide vote. If constructed, the NECEC corridor would have a devastating impact on Maine's renewable energy and tourism industries, which is why it's so important for the Mid-Maine Chamber to allow our side to address their membership with equal time, rather than blindly taking sides. If you reside in central Maine, you can urge them to do the right thing by calling (207) 873-3315 with a polite message.
Thanks to Monica McCarthy of Rome for sharing her displeasure with the Mid-Maine Chamber’s one-sided representation of the NECEC project with their membership through a letter to her local editors. As she said, “The Chamber can do better than allowing itself to become a mouthpiece for a foreign-owned company at the expense of local Maine businesses, and should resist being played as a pawn in Avangrid’s ongoing campaign.”
Monica, we couldn’t agree more!
Click here to read her full letter, and if you share it on Facebook, be sure to tag the Mid-Maine Chamber’s page.
We would also like to shed light on a recent article by Greg Levinsky, that discusses the recent speech given by Thorn Dickinson, CEO and president of NECEC Transmission LLC, about the CMP Corridor project at the Mid-Maine Chamber of Commerce Business Breakfast. While we didn't get a chance to to speak Rens. Russell Black, R-Franklin; Scott Cyrway, R-Kennebec and Rep. Dennis Keschl, R-Belgrade, have requested a second business breakfast so members may hear from opponents of the project.
Click here to able to read the full article.
In other news, the Bangor Daily News this week released their candidate surveys, and the response was incredibly positive for our cause with 66% of respondents indicating opposition for the corridor, and only 15% indicating support. If your candidates stand with us, please take a moment to reach out and thank them. If your candidates are undecided or support the corridor, please take this opportunity to share your story with them to hopefully bring even more elected officials to our side.
As candidate Rick Bennett said, this is about everyday Mainers wanting to know that their voice will be valued higher than that of foreign corporations (and their literal army of lobbyists).
With only 23 days remaining until Election Day, we’re pushing to cover as many polling locations to gather signatures as possible. If you’re willing and able to help with this goal, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org so we can get you set up. We were in more than 100 polling locations last time, and we would certainly like to hit that threshold again, so please consider helping out on Tuesday, November 3.
Activist of the Week
This week, we'd like to thank activist Elizabeth Hamilton of Brunswick, one of our earliest grassroots allies determined to defeat the CMP corridor. Elizabeth recreates along the coast and also in western Maine, and is fiercely opposed to this destructive project. Over the last two years, Elizabeth has submitted public comment to approval agencies, attended rallies, donated to fundraising auctions, and was a constant signature collector last year. She's already got her post lined up to collect signatures on Election Day in Brunswick so we can finally get this matter out to a statewide vote. Many thanks to Elizabeth, and to all of you, who are staying the course to protect Maine's environment and natural resources.
Thanks again to Elizabeth, and to all of you for your continued support. We expect to have the petitions in hand right around Halloween, so please be ready to hit the ground running!