4.11.21 Newsletter

Hello Friends, This week was all too familiar in No CMP Corridor land - Maine made the news as the state with the worst power outages in the nation, CMP requested a 10% rate hike to compensate for its terrible service and the PUC is investigating the company’s mishandling of renewable projects.  Also this week, an independent Canadian report came to light that sheds serious doubt on Hydro-Quebec’s ability to export hydropower without backfilling from fossil fuel generators to service its local customer base. Opponents have always suspected that this would be the case, and since Hydro-Quebec failed to participate in any meaningful way during the permitting process, we were previously left to speculate. But now we know that Hydro-Quebec does not have the capacity it claims. Continue reading

Howard LTE: Maine needs rules to protect public lands

Kennebec Journal Regardless of your stance on the Central Maine Power corridor, it’s important to note that there are ongoing inconsistencies on assessing change of use on Maine public lands. Public lands belong to the people of Maine. Mainers need to be able to rely on transparent processes, predictable measurements, and that the Maine Constitution is being followed by state government leaders and agencies. Continue reading

Nicholas LTE: NECEC benefits Hydro-Quebec, Massachusetts more than Maine

Morning Sentinel The recent letter to the editor from the spokesperson for Hydro-Quebec ignored important facts that disguise the huge benefit to be realized for Hydro-Quebec and Massachusetts from the New England Clean Energy Connect (NECEC) project (“Hydro-Quebec: Project has big benefits for Maine,” April 4). Continue reading

Lee LTE: Can’t trust these bad actors

Daily Bulldog Hydro-Quebec (HQ) has certainly stepped up their game lately, with advertisements flooding our lives and letters from their employees showing up in Maine papers touting the “benefits” of their unpopular CMP Corridor project. Considering the fact that HQ stands to make $12.4 BILLION off of this contract with Massachusetts, I would urge my fellow Mainers to take their claims with a grain of salt, or in accordance with their ads, with a drop of rain. Continue reading

Howard LTE: Vote yes to nix CMP corridor

Lewiston Sun Journal A few weeks ago, the Veterans and Legal Affairs Committee held a public hearing on three bills to curb the influx of foreign campaign spending Maine has been subjected to recently, as the result of a loophole in Maine’s election law exposed by Hydro-Quebec. I participated in the hearings along with dozens of concerned Mainers who would like to see this dangerous loophole closed immediately. Through 2020, Hydro-Quebec — a Crown Corporation owned 100% by a foreign government — spent a record-breaking $10 million to influence Maine voters, and this year, it has only ramped up the spending. Continue reading

Cummings LTE: Maine lawmakers need to protect public lands from CMP corridor

Times Record Legislation like LD 1075, being reviewed by our Legislature, is sorely needed to protect Maine’s public lands. The history of illegal and backdoor leases for use on public lands includes those obtained by international corporation Central Maine Power (owned by Spanish company Avangrid) for the wildly unpopular CMP Corridor. Continue reading

BENNETT OPINION: QUEBEC-MAINE RELATIONS FOR MUTUAL RESPECT FOR OUR DEMOCRATIC INSTITUTIONS

LaPresse (translated into English) As a senator from the neighboring state of Maine, I have long worked to promote friendship and harmonious interdependence between the province of Quebec and my state. We have shared strong cultural and business affinities for centuries, and our cordial relationship has greatly enhanced our mutual prosperity. In this context, I am particularly concerned about a topical issue which, I hope, will not overshadow our exemplary relationship. In 2018, Canada ruled on the illegality of interference by foreign entities in elections by modernizing the Canada Elections Act. In the United States and Maine, interference by foreign governments is also illegal when our citizens are called upon to exercise their right to vote in a state-controlled process. Until recently, we believed our law was adequate to protect voters in Maine from undue interference. Continue reading

OpEd: Maine should ban political spending by foreign-influenced corporations

Lewiston Sun Journal As the first state to pass ranked-choice voting and public funding of elections, Maine has led the nation before in the fight for democratic self-government. It’s time for Maine to lead again. The Maine Legislature is considering a bill to ban political spending by corporations that are partly owned by foreign entities. Here’s why they should do that — and why the arguments raised by the bill’s corporate opponents don’t hold water. Continue reading

First Nations face an uphill battle getting revenues from Hydro-Québec

iPolitics A coalition of First Nations from Quebec, Labrador, and Maine is opposing a proposed transmission line to carry Hydro-Québec electricity to New England, on the grounds that 36 per cent of Hydro-Québec’s energy is “stolen” from the First Nations on whose territory the electricity is produced, and that the transmission line will have an adverse environmental impact in Maine. The Penobscot Nation of Maine, the Innu Nation of Labrador, and Quebec’s First Nations of Pessamit (Innu), Wemotaci (Atikamekw), Pikogan, Kitcisakik, and Lac Simon (Anishnabek), have asked U.S. President Joe Biden and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to cancel approvals of the line. Continue reading

Arno LTE: Protecting public lands

Bangor Daily News Public lands are designated for public benefit — whether it be wildlife, recreation or natural resources, they are protected from development to benefit Maine’s people and environment. Because of this, Maine’s constitution states that anything significantly changing their purpose must pass a two-thirds vote in the Legislature.  Now, Central Maine Power is arguing that cutting down a swath of trees, spraying the understory with herbicides, and putting up power poles is not a significant change in land use. If private corporations are going to use public lands for profit, Mainer’s voices must be considered to ensure that the project will benefit Maine enough to compensate for the land lost.  Continue reading