York LTE: Get the facts

Bangor Daily News Central Maine Power has been running an ad on TV right that claims that its unpopular corridor will cause “No destruction of public lands. But don’t take our word for it. Get the facts.” Well, the Legislature’s Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry Committee, which is charged with overseeing our public lands, recently sent a letter to the Bureau of Parks and Lands that states, “The clearing and placement of large transmission towers and lines on an approximately one-mile-long strip of land across constitutionally protected public reserve lands is a substantially different use of these lands and would substantially alter the use of those lands.” The letter goes on to say that the bureau “undermined” the intent of the Maine Constitution in issuing leases to CMP without seeking the required two-thirds vote. Continue reading

New offensive for Hydro-Québec in the United States

Le Devoir (translated into English) Hydro-Québec's promotional efforts for its transmission line project in Maine are not fading. The state-owned company has just raised the ceiling of its contract with the public relations firm Forbes Tate Partners to more than 920,000 Canadian dollars. This energy corridor in Maine, which aims to export electricity to Massachusetts, is the subject of fierce contestation. He must find himself at the heart of a referendum next November, after a first failed referendum attempt last fall. Continue reading

Wyman LTE: Hydropower Impact

Concord Monitor One thing that I think is pertinent was not mentioned in the article about clean energy (Monitor, 5/4). The hydropower transmission line in Maine, New England Clean Energy Connect, will be bringing power to the US from Hydro Quebec. The power generated by Hydro Quebec, while touted as environmentally sound, actually is not. Hydro Quebec has dammed pristine rivers, forming large and in some cases shallow and swampy lakes to make this hydropower. By doing so, there has been a loss of habitat and division of previously un-fragmented land areas. Continue reading

5.9 Newsletter

Hello Friends, We need your immediate action, so I’m going to jump right into the business at hand. Continue reading

DuBois LTE: Not a dumping ground or an extension cord

Bangor Daily News I recently learned from the Natural Resources Council of Maine that an astounding 30 percent of waste going to our state-owned Juniper Ridge Landfill in Old Town is being sent up from other states like Massachusetts and New Hampshire. Now, Central Maine Power is ripping up a portion of the western Maine forest, against the will of many of the local residents, so Massachusetts can import so-called “clean” energy from Hydro-Quebec. Continue reading

LISTEN: WVOM with Garrett Murch

Click HERE to listen to this George Hale Ric Tyler interview with NCC ally, Garrett Murch.

States step in as Congress fails to fight foreign influence

The Hill Since the Russian government’s meddling in the 2016 U.S. election, concerns about foreign interference in U.S. politics have only grown. These concerns haven’t been unfounded, as Director of National Intelligence Avril Haines labelled such malign influence “an enduring challenge facing our country” in a report issued last month on foreign threats to America’s democratic process.  These revelations have turned congressional attention to the Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA), the country’s leading legal tool to track foreign lobbying and influence. But despite bipartisan interest and a clear need for reforms, Congress hasn’t passed a substantive update to the law in decades. Instead, state legislatures have stepped into this void with their own plans. Just this year, lawmakers in 10 states have introduced legislation to restrict foreign influence, following six states that passed similar laws since 2017. While most of these bills have received little attention, some are advancing quickly despite constitutional and practical concerns. Continue reading

Carey LTE: Testimony refutes ‘clean hydropower’ claims

Kennebec Journal Eddie Rich’s letter to the editor of April 18, “Research shows hydropower is clean,” if not read carefully, could leave the reader with an impression not supported by the facts. Continue reading

Clean energy megaprojects, including in Maine, divide surprise group: environmentalists

Portland Press Herald Sprawling wind farms located off the coast. Hydropower transmission lines that cut through some of America’s most beloved forests and rivers. Solar megaprojects of unprecedented size. As President Biden’s administration plans to fight climate change by weaning the nation off fossil fuels, these large-scale renewable energy projects are the source of conflict within a seemingly unlikely group: environmentalists. America’s patchwork of environmental and conservation groups – encompassing players such as public lands advocates, animal welfare proponents and hunting organizations – have disparate opinions about new renewable energy infrastructure and its trade-offs. While all agree on the need for clean power sources, there are deep disputes about the wisdom of projects that will impose their own impact on the environment. Continue reading

York LTE: CMP and Maine’s Public Lands

Daily Bulldog CMP is running an ad on TV right now that claims that their unpopular corridor will cause “No destruction of public lands. But don’t take our word for it. Get the facts.” Well, the Legislature’s Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry Committee, who is charged with overseeing our public lands, recently sent a letter to the Bureau of Parks and Lands that states, “The clearing and placement of large transmission towers and lines on an approximately one-mile-long strip of land across constitutionally protected public reserve lands is a substantially different use of these lands and would substantially alter the use of those lands.” The letter goes on to say that the Bureau “undermined” the intent of the Maine Constitution in issuing leases to CMP without seeking the required two-thirds vote. Continue reading