This week, Governor Janet Mills vetoed Senator Rick Bennett’s bill, LD 194, "An Act to Prohibit Contributions, Expenditures, and Participation by Foreign Government-owned Entities to Influence Referenda." Governor Janet Mills was faced with a very important decision - continue to allow a dangerous loophole in Maine's election law to exist, or swiftly close it. Unfortunately, she again sided with foreign governments over the voters of this state. Hopefully the Legislature will protect the integrity of Maine's elections by overriding this misguided veto because LD 194 is one of the most important bills for our cause being considered in Augusta. But while it is true that this bill was born from our referendum, the importance of it extends far beyond this November, which is why we now need the Legislature to vote to override the veto of LD 194.
Please contact your State Senator and State Representative TODAY and urge them to vote to override the veto of LD 194!
LD 194 is necessary to close the loophole that is currently allowing a foreign government to use a company owned by its taxpayers to flood Maine with ads to influence the outcome of an election initiated by the people of Maine. Now that this loophole has been exposed, and Hydro-Quebec has gotten away with its spending spree, the floodgates are open for foreign government involvement in future referendums as well. Regardless of how you feel about the CMP Corridor, LD 194 closes a dangerous loophole; simply put, it’s the right thing to do.
Featured Story of the Week
By Steve Mistler
Featured Column of the Week
By Jonathan Carter, Director of the Forest Ecology Network
This greenwashing is a complete distortion and fabrication of the truth. Hydro-Quebec and CMP, both foreign owned corporations, have already spent over 20 million dollars on a false and scurrilous disinformation campaign. Their campaign war chest has no bottom and as with most issues or political campaigns money can often trump truth. For these foreign owned companies, it is not about saving the planet from climate change. This is about money – billions and billions in profit, CMP 3 billion and Hydro-Quebec 12 billion, – plain and simple. This is why they are willing to spend millions on large scale “bribes” and slick PR campaigns.
The production of this power from 550 dams and dikes has resulted in the flooding of 3.8 million acres of once carbon sequestering boreal forest – this means an area about the size of Connecticut is no longer pulling carbon out of the atmosphere on an ongoing basis. We hear a lot about the destruction of the Amazon, but hear little about Hydro- Quebec’s annihilation of northern Canada’s boreal forest.
In addition to reduced sequestration, the reservoirs are producing massive amounts of greenhouse gases from detritus/slash decomposition. One report out of MIT has estimated some of the reservoirs are emitting more carbon than a coal fired power plant. Much of the carbon released from decomposition is the greenhouse gas methane – 80 times more impacting than CO2.
Featured Testimonial of the Week
Featured Letter of the Week
By Steve Bien of Jay
Activists of the Week
Pictured here: Activists David Cowan and Dawn King
This week we’d like to thank all of our volunteers who sat at our booth to discuss our cause at the Monmouth Fair. This was our first fair ever, and thanks to our dedicated activists, it was a great success! Fairs are such an important way to engage with voters, and to educate Mainers about the many reasons to vote YES this November to reject the CMP Corridor. Please join us in thanking those who helped us spread the word at the Monmouth Fair!
This week, we’re asking for your help covering shifts at fairs this summer and fall. Fairs are a fun, fast-paced and exciting way to interact with voters and help spread the word! If you’re interested in helping, or you’d like to learn more, please fill out this form and we will be in touch with you. Our goal is to staff our booths 100 percent with volunteers, so please, sign up today!
That's all for this week, folks. Please take sometime this week to reach out to your State Senators and Representatives.
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Thanks for your continued support! Together, WE WILL STOP THE CMP CORRIDOR!