Last week, we highlighted the disparity between CMP’s narrative and reality when it comes to their public image (worst of the worst). It just so happens that columnist Al Diamon also picked up on the irony of the situation.
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In his recent column, Diamon poses an inspired (yet somewhat disturbing) challenge for David Flanagan to come off of CMP’s delusional “comeback trail” for long enough to familiarize himself with the wilderness his company intends to destroy.
True to form, Diamon takes his challenge a step further than most would care to imagine, but there’s no denying that his assessment of the company’s unfortunate behavior towards their customers is spot on.
“Central Maine Power is easy to hate, probably because the state’s largest electric utility has a tendency to go out of its way to be obnoxious.
“Customer complaints? They’ll get to them next year. Or the year after.
“Power outages? Get a generator, cheapskate.
“Inaccurate bills? After careful investigation, CMP has decided you should shut up and pay whatever it tells you to pay.
“Disconnect notices? CMP can’t wait to start sending them again.
“Then there’s that 150-mile transmission corridor the company wants to build through the western Maine forests, so it can deliver Canadian power to Massachusetts. CMP has done everything it can think of to keep this issue from going to a popular vote, including hiring private detectives to follow petition circulators, directing its lawyers to file lawsuits and employing public-relations experts to convince Mainers this project will benefit anyone other than the company’s stockholders.
“Like I said, easy to hate.”
As it turns out, Mainers aren’t the only ones who dislike CMP, or to be more specific, their NECEC corridor project. To our north, the First Nations of Canada have also voiced their strong opposition to this for-profit project to deliver hydropower from Quebec to Massachusetts, because their people have been gravely mistreated by Hydro-Quebec for decades. Their story of injustice is a powerful one, and it should have an impact on the federal permitting process here in the United States.
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“Across the border is the Anishnabe-Atikamekw-Innu First Coalition, a group of five indigenous communities that are contesting Hydro-Québec’s plan to expand its hydropower and transmission lines to benefit New England.
“On the coalition’s recently launched website Québechydroclash.com, the group states that Hydro-Québec has a longstanding history of stealing indigenous land and that the corridor project would continue this practice.
“Hydro-Québec believes that it can export large volumes of electricity to New England without even considering that 36% of this energy is, for all intents and purposes, “stolen” from the First Nations whose territory it is illegally produced on. With the complicit involvement of the Québec and Canadian government, Hydro-Québec plans to achieve its objective without regard for the ancestral rights of the communities in question, rights which are, however, recognized by the Supreme Court and the Canadian Constitution,” the website states.”
Considering that these same tribes live under conditions similar to Third World nations, and they have never been compensated for the land Hydro-Quebec has illegally flooded to export power to the Northeast, it’s clear that absolutely nothing about the power generated by this government-owned company should be considered “clean.”
Please remember this the next time you’re bombarded with pro-NECEC propaganda funded by Hydro-Quebec. It’s a bad deal for Maine, but in reality, those who have been displaced by HQ’s massive impoundments to the north have it far worse, and by importing their power, CMP, Massachusetts, and Maine, for that matter, are complicit.
So this week, let’s push back against these two foreign corporations by:
- Signing a petition to bring this project to a statewide vote. Signing events are listed here. If there isn’t an event near you, email us at email@example.com and we will connect you with a volunteer.
- Committing to collect at least 30 signatures this week!
- Drafting a short 250 word or less letter to your local editors about why you’re opposed to this destructive project.
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We would like to thank Patagonia for their ongoing support in our effort to defeat CMP’s NECEC project. As a company, Patagonia has made it their mission to protect our public lands, and the wild places that make this country so great, as demonstrated in their documentary, The Fight for America’s Public Lands.
This year, Patagonia has once again opened up their Freeport store location for our signature gathering efforts, offering us a coveted INDOOR location for our volunteers to collect. This is a true testament to their dedication to our cause since there’s a cap on how many people can safely enter their store at a time due to COVID protocols.
If you’re willing to take a shift at this busy (and heated!) location, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. We can use all the help we can get to capitalize on this wonderful opportunity.
If you’re unable to make it to Freeport, please consider finding a busy location within your own community to help us reach our goals! This includes in front of busy storefronts, post offices and, if you can get permission, at your local Christmas tree farms!
Finally, and this is very important, if you have collected signatures, even if it’s only a few, please have your documents (petitions and affidavit) notarized this week, and either get them to your volunteer coordinator or mail them to us at:
No CMP Corridor
PO Box 471
Farmington, ME 04938
In the age of COVID-19, our signature gatherers are taking every precaution necessary to collect signatures in a safe and healthy way. One of those measures is mask wearing. We recently ordered masks with our own "No CMP Corridor" logo on it.
We are giving this mask to anyone who signs up to gather signatures. If you would like to, email email@example.com and we will get you a starter packet!
Alternatively, if you would like to make a donation to receive a mask, send a check or donate online at least $10 to get a mask sent to you!
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