1.10 Newsletter

Dear Friend,

As we near the finish line, I would like to take a moment to express my deepest gratitude to the 420+ volunteers who have, for a second time, donated their time to help us collect signatures to finally give the people of Maine a vote on the unpopular and destructive NECEC corridor. 

I’m sure you’re all well aware of the fact that it’s dark and cold outside, and with an escalating pandemic, the circumstances for qualifying this referendum have been incredibly challenging. But that hasn’t stopped our amazing grassroots army from hitting the pavement in small towns all across this great state. Regardless of what is to come, we should all be incredibly proud to live, work and play in a place with such passionate and caring people.

To give you an idea of what’s to come, the deadline to submit paperwork (petitions and affidavits) to town offices is TOMORROW, January 11. If you’re willing to help us right up until the buzzer, we will have notaries in Augusta, Lewiston and Portland until 6:30 pm tonight. Once notarized, please plan to deliver your petitions to each town office by no later than tomorrow. Per orders of the Secretary of State, petitions received after tomorrow will be invalid for the November ballot. If you arrive at a town office and they are closed, they are required to provide guidance on how to submit petitions that day so they are time stamped accordingly. If they do not provide such information, call your volunteer coordinator immediately or email us at [email protected] so we can be in touch with the Secretary of State’s office.

If you drop off petitions and you’re unable to pick them up, please let us know so we can send someone to retrieve them. The deadline for town offices to return certified petitions is Tuesday, January 19, and the deadline to submit all paperwork to the Secretary of State’s office is Thursday, January 21.

We will be in touch to let you all know the details for the final few days once they are sorted out.

With signature gathering largely behind us, it’s now time to shift our collective focus back to telling our story to the voters of Maine. CMP wants the people of Maine to view us as the big and bad fossil fuel industry, but we all know that that is simply laughable and untrue. So this week, please take a few minutes to draft a short letter to your local editors that is 250 words or less to let your friends and neighbors know why you volunteered for this effort. If you need assistance with your draft, email Krysta at [email protected].

Letter of the Week

CMP trashes Maine volunteers in its deceptive new ad

This week, we would like to highlight this fantastic letter by Garrett Murch of Mount Vernon. Coming in at exactly 250 words, it delivers a devastating blow to CMP’s false rhetoric, and puts a real face on our volunteer effort. Please share this letter far and wide!

A new ad running on Maine airwaves right now grossly ignores the hundreds of Maine volunteers (myself and my father included) who are gathering signatures to place the ‘clean energy’ corridor on the ballot to allow Maine voters to decide on this contentious project. While money is being spent on both sides, CMP and its parent company, Hydro-Quebec, have spent a record $20 million to flood us with disinformation.

They tell us the corridor will reduce greenhouse gas emissions. It won’t, and they hired an army of lobbyists to kill Senator Carson’s bill to keep Mainers from finding that out. They tell us it will reduce our electricity bills--but they don’t tell us it would be mere pennies per month while CMP makes $5 million per month and Hydro-Quebec makes $41 million per month. They tell us it will create jobs without telling us these are mostly temporary and that they will also displace forest industry jobs. They brazenly tell us that opponents of slashing through western Maine are against clean energy. Tell that to the Forest Ecology Network, Appalachian Mountain Club, the Natural Resources Council of Maine, and Sierra Club Maine, who all oppose the corridor.

Now they tell us to beware of all those people asking you for your signature. Yes, be afraid of those Mainers who love our state, who love our environment, and who would love for you to decide whether you want this gash through one of the last undeveloped havens in the eastern United States--all for ‘benefits’ that will never be realized.

Those Maine volunteers are some scary people, or at least they are to CMP, which doesn’t seem to have any volunteers on its side. CMP knows it’s a bad deal, and they know if the citizens get to decide, they will lose.

Activist of the Week

This week, we would like to recognize Garrett Murch of Mount Vernon for volunteering his services and expertise to our effort. For months now, Garrett has leveraged his professional network to help us spread the good word, and just this week, he authored the featured letter, “CMP trashes Maine volunteers in its deceptive new ad.” An avid sportsman and native Mainer, Garrett is passionate about bringing this referendum to a statewide vote because he doesn’t want to see our environment, our culture and our economy compromised for foreign gain. We’re so lucky to count both Garrett and his father among our ranks, so please join me in thanking him for his significant contributions to our cause, and for his continued support.

Featured Video of the Week

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Like Garrett, John Meagher of North Berwick is also concerned about the future of our western Maine forest. Please share John’s video to help spread the word that what we have is worth standing up for.

Again, thank you all so much for your continued support. If you'd like a No CMP Corridor mask, please donate $10 or more and we will send you a mask. See below instructions on how you can donate. 

Donate by mail: Check made payable to No CMP Corridor sent to PO Box 471 Farmington, ME 04398

Secure online: Donate at www.NoCMPCorridor.com/donate

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Sandi Howard

PO Box 471 Farmington, ME 04938.