9.26.21 Newsletter

Hello Friends,

This week, I’d like to kick things off with this ad featuring longtime activists and volunteer signature gatherers Evelyn and Bruce Beane of Bingham. This ad by our allies at Mainers for Local Power highlights what Question 1 is really about by showing the massive destruction this untrustworthy company has already inflicted on the very special and unique Upper Kennebec Region. Please share this ad far and wide to help us combat the millions CMP is now spending each week on a deceptive campaign to defeat Question 1.

Featured Ad of the Week:

CMP’s Corridor: See for yourself

Please join us in thanking Evelyn and Bruce for the important part they played in this powerful ad. 

Now, I have a whole agenda of items that I’d like to cover this week for you, but before I do, I feel that it’s important to address CMP’s latest ad featuring Larry Grondin, the owner of R.J. Grondin and Sons. This ad is the just the latest in a very expensive disinformation campaign funded by the same untrustworthy utility company that was just awarded a 10% rate hike. 

As exposed last week by Portland Press Herald columnist Bill Nemitz, the claims made by CMP through their front group Mainers for Fair Laws in this ad and others are patently false. To be exact, Nemitz said CMP's latest narrative is "an insult to Maine voters." He also said, "On a scale of pristine political persuasion to murky messaging, this stuff is pure hogwash."

Here is a letter Drummond Woodsum attorney Adam Cote sent to Maine television stations on September 2 highlighting the inaccuracies included in CMP's campaign against Question 1. As you will see, Question 1 does not enable politicians to enact laws retroactively. Their ability to do so is codified in statute and has been for decades. Furthermore, unless a project substantially alters public lands, is a high impact transmission line greater than 50 miles in length or is a high impact transmission line located in the Upper Kennebec region, Question 1 would not apply. 

Put simply, Question 1 is about the CMP Corridor, and future projects like it. That is all.

In response, I sent the following statement to the press: "First CMP spent millions to disassociate the company's terrible reputation from the project. That didn't work. Now, CMP no longer mentions the unpopular project at all in ads because they know that Mainers are ready to vote yes on Question 1 to reject the CMP Corridor on November 2nd. So my message to Maine voters is quite simple; When viewing these deceptive ads, consider the source and vote accordingly."

Now, to be candid with you, CMP is spending millions of dollars every week on these ads, not including the statewide mailers that have gone out. No CMP Corridor is in the process of creating a response ad, but our budget is seriously limited. We will throw every cent we can spare to put our ad in front of Maine voters, but because we have made this choice, we cannot order any more lawn signs. The budget is that tight. 

Would you consider making a donation today to help us respond to CMP’s continued misinformation campaign? Even if you can only spare a little, I can promise you this, we will make every dollar count. To donate securely online, click the button below. You can also mail a check payable to No CMP Corridor to PO Box 471 Farmington, ME 04938.

Okay, back to our regularly scheduled program! 

Featured Radio Interviews of the Week

Adam Cote on WVOM

Tom Saviello on WSKW

Adam Cote on WGAN

Sandi Howard on Village Soup

First Featured Story of the Week

Scientists, First Nations say Hydropower is Not Clean Energy

Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker has thrown his support behind NECEC as a means of reaching the state’s GHG emission reduction targets, and the Maine Public Utilities Commission, Maine Department of Environmental Protection and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers all signed off on the project as reducing carbon emissions in the Northeast.

However, the analysis conducted by the state and federal agencies does not include the methane emissions created by the source of the energy: the hydroelectric dams in Québec, which flooded 308 million acres of boreal forests to create reservoirs. The methane emissions are not produced in the U.S., but that does not mean the source of the energy will be clean, Wockner said.

If you are trying to replace natural gas with hydropower, you are not getting cleaner energy,” he said. If the state and federal agencies “follow the science, they will see they are making a huge mistake.”

Featured Letter of the Week

Hydro-Quebec has mistreated First Nations tribes

By Lucien Wabanonik, Lac Simon Anishnabe Nation Councilor

Second Featured Story of the Week

Hydropower dams are not the solution to the climate crisis

By Marc Yaggi, Executive Director of Waterkeeper Alliance

Featured Column of the Week

Spokesperson doesn’t tell the whole story about CMP Corridor

By Senator Rick Bennett of Oxford

Upcoming events

- Volunteer update with Adam Cote - Our next volunteer update is TOMORROW, Monday, September 27 at 7:00 pm. This meeting is open to the public and will stream on Zoom and Facebook. If you would like to ask a question during this meeting, please email it to us at [email protected] by the 27th at noon. Click here to register on Zoom.

- Volunteer phone bank training - Joel Small will lead a training session for volunteers who would like to make calls from the comfort of their own homes on Zoom on Friday, October 1 at 7:00 pm. If you are interested in helping us in this very important way, or you would simply like more information, please register now to attend!

- Important Maine DEP public hearing on NECEC permit suspension - On Tuesday, October 19 at 5:30 pm, the Maine DEP will hold a public hearing to receive evidence on whether the license issued by DEP to CMP and NECEC for the corridor should be suspended in light of the recent Superior Court decision to vacate the lease. WE NEED YOU ALL TO PARTICIPATE by either signing up to speak or submitting comments in advance. This is one of the most important hearings in the history of this project. Instructions on registering before October 12th are located here under Important Public Hearing.

Thank you, Sign Captains and Volunteers!

Time is running out to submit a letter to your local editors in favor of a YES vote on Question 1! If you haven’t submitted a letter yet, or haven’t submitted one in a while, the time is now! Letters are a very simple and important way that you can help us push back against CMP’s false narrative by reaching folks in your communities with your Yes on 1 message. Letters are short - 250 words or less - and we are more than happy to assist you if necessary. Please consider submitting a letter today! 

And don't forget to use our Facebook frame on your Facebook profile picture!

Our PAC, No CMP Corridor, has nowhere near the funds of CMP and its foreign shareholders, but we’re in the process of developing an ad to help push back on CMP for lying to Maine voters.

Would you consider sending us a donation today, either online or through the mail?

We want to make sure that every Maine voter sees the ad we’re working on now at least once before they vote.

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.

That’s all we have for this week, folks. Only 37 days remain until you can FINALLY vote YES to reject the CMP Corridor.