10.17.21 Newsletter

Hello Friends,

In just over two weeks, the people of Maine will FINALLY have a say on the fate of the destructive CMP Corridor. And, I’d like to start off with a heartfelt thanks to your continued hard work and dedication. We’ve worked towards this day for literally years now, and it’s hard to imagine that Election Day is almost here.```

So, as is our new tradition, I’m going to kick this week off with some new ads this week!

Featured Ads of the Week

First up are two ads from our Vote yes allies National Resources Council of Maine.

Click here to view the ad below!

Click here to view the ad below!

The third ad features longtime volunteer and Yes on 1 rock star Ed Buzzell. Please share this ad on your social media to spread the word that Question 1 is about the CMP Corridor, and a YES vote rejects it.

Question 1 is about one thing only: Banning CMP’s Corridor

 DEP Public Hearing

It isn’t too late to sign up to testify, or submit written testimony, to the Maine Department and Environmental Protection for the October 19 public hearing that will take place at 5:30 pm. This is one of the most important meetings to date, so please, consider signing up today!

This week, Mainers for Fair Laws spokesperson Adrienne Bennett admitted to News Center Maine’s Hannah Dineen that Question 1 in fact does not grant lawmakers any new power, as their ads and mailers claim. But, according to Bennett, it is unfair to her benefactor, foreign-owned CMP.  

Featured Story of the Week

Question 1 does not give lawmakers additional power 

Please share this news segment (and the three columns I’m about to share with you) with every Maine voter you know. CMP has funneled millions of dollars into this narrative, which we now know beyond a shadow of a doubt, simply isn’t true. I am so relieved to see real Mainers pushing back against the lies that are being promoted by Question 1 opponents.

First Featured Column of the Week

Say ‘enough’ to CMP corridor


Second Featured Column of the Week

The Universal Notebook: Question 1 hogwash and greenwash

Third Featured Column of the Week

There’s nothing strange about retroactive laws

Featured Photo of the Week

The building to the left is Carrabec High School, which is part of one of the poorest school districts in the state. That narrow strip of trees is all that separates the school and sports fields from CMP's high impact transmission lines. Massachusetts had 45 options to get this power. Clearly, this was not the best option for Maine. It was, however, the cheapest for MASSACHUSETTS. Remember, CMP and Hydro-Quebec are solely focused on billions of dollars of profits. This destructive corridor isn't worth the whopping 9 cents CMP has offered us. This is yet another reason that we need to stop this project by voting YES on Question 1. 

Appalachian Mountain Club Endorses Question 1

October 14, 2021 - The Appalachian Mountain Club announced today its support for Maine’s Ballot Question #1 to stop the New England Clean Energy Connect (NECEC) power transmission corridor. The proposed project would establish a 145-mile long above-ground transmission line from Quebec to Massachusetts, crossing through Maine, with 53 miles requiring a new, 150-foot-wide corridor to be cut through the undeveloped forest, including a crossing beneath the Kennebec Gorge. AMC has long opposed the project.

“We encourage AMC’s Maine members to vote Yes on 1,” said AMC President & CEO John Judge “The corridor will fragment Maine’s forest, harming important wildlife habitat and degrading water quality without a guaranteed reduction of the pollution that causes climate change.”

AMC first engaged as an intervenor in the joint review process of the proposed NECEC before the Land Use Planning Commission and the Department of Environmental Protection. Senior Staff Scientist and Assistant Director of Research David Publicover focused on the harmful impact of forest fragmentation and the “edge effect,” the fundamental alteration of the ecosystem that takes place when forests are exposed to more sunlight.

AMC also joined with Sierra Club Maine and the Natural Resources Council of Maine to bring a lawsuit against the Army Corps of Engineers for issuing a permit without conducting a full Environmental Impact Statement, as they did for similar projects in New Hampshire and Vermont.

“Maine’s forest sits at the heart of the most intact ecoregion east of the Mississippi,” said AMC Vice President for Conservation Susan Arnold “It shelters a wide variety of plants and animals while cleaning our air and water. It can help us mitigate and adapt to climate change if we leave it intact.”

AMC has consistently opposed the lease to allow the NECEC to cross a parcel of public land, substantially altering it without the legislative approval called for in Maine’s constitution.

“Maine’s public lands are extraordinary assets and we must not take them for granted,” said AMC Board President and Falmouth resident Elizabeth Ehrenfeld “If this parcel of land can be altered without legislative approval, that can happen to other gems like Deboullie, Donnell Pond, or Tumbledown.”

AMC decided to endorse Yes on #1 after answering questions about the retroactive aspect of the question. Maine’s Supreme Court has upheld retroactive disapprovals of real estate developments and the Maine Legislature has enacted retroactive statutes more than 180 times.

Featured Interviews of the Week

1. Adam Cote on WVOM

2. Matt Wagner on WVOM

Featured Debate of the Week

Bangor Daily News debate 

We need your help to spread the Yes on 1 vote!

With only two weeks remaining, I’m asking for your help to reach as many Maine voters as possible by helping us triple volunteer, Bob Haynes' generous donation seed of $300 so we can reach 60,000 voters. 

To donate securely online, click below. To donate by check, mail a check payable to No CMP Corridor to PO Box 471 Farmington, ME 04938.

  1. Submitting one final 250 word letter to your local editors urging a YES vote on Question 1. This will be the final week to submit a letter for most papers.
  2. Hitting the phones! We need help reaching identified supporters to make sure that they vote! Please email Joel at [email protected] to get involved.
  3. Participating in a Monday evening sign wave. We will hold these events every Monday until the end!
  4. VOTING EARLY so you can shift your focus to getting supporters to the polls on Election Day

Activists of the Week

This week we’d like to thank Patagonia for sporting this fancy Vote Yes on Question 1 mural on their storefront in downtown Freeport, and Spenser Macleod, the artist who was commissioned to create Vote Yes murals on both of Patagonia’s front-facing large picture windows. What a powerful way to help spread the Vote Yes message. We are truly grateful for their tremendous support.

That’s all for this week, friends. Please consider making a donation today to help us keep our digital ad going, and please make the most of the remaining 16 days until Election Day. We’ve worked so hard, and our day at the ballot box is finally almost here.

To donate securely online, click below. To donate by check, mail a check payable to No CMP Corridor to PO Box 471 Farmington, ME 04938.