McNally LTE: The truth about the CMP energy corridor

Seacoast Online My background and employment are in energy and construction, and I have followed the debate on the CMP Corridor from the beginning. Let me make one point very clear: if I thought that Maine residents would benefit from good, long-term jobs and honest savings on our power bills, I would not support this referendum. However, the facts, and CMP’s ever-changing narrative, make the choice simple. Question 1 must pass in November. Continue reading

Tempesta LTE: CMP corridor forces industrialization of Enchanted Forest

Portland Press Herald We’ve witnessed the start of destruction to Maine’s “Enchanted Forest” on the Spencer Road. “Enchanted” has been the actual name of this area for decades. Enchanted Forest, Enchanted Pond, the Lower and Upper Enchanted Road. It’s in the Gazetteer. It’s why we’re all fighting to save it. Continue reading

Bipartisan group of 32 legislators urge Attorney General Frey to Uphold Maine Constitution in public lands case

Press Release: Bipartisan group of 32 legislators urge Attorney General Frey to Uphold Maine Constitution in public lands case AUGUSTA - Last week, a bipartisan group of legislators from all across the state joined Senator Rick Bennett and Senator Russell Black in sending a letter to Attorney General Aaron Frey to urge him "in the strongest of terms" to reconsider his appeal of Justice Murphy's decision in Black v Cutko, the public lands case regarding the CMP Corridor. In the letter, the Senators and Representatives say, "There is a clear dispute between the executive and legislative branches over this matter. Article 9, Section 23 of the Maine Constitution was designed to provide definition and process for legislative oversight for the management of our public lands in order to protect the public interest. We are dismayed that you have chosen to argue the executive branch's position over that of the Legislature's in this dispute." Continue reading

NRCM: Code Red for the Climate Demands New Behavior by CMP

Natural Resources Council of Maine On the same day that the Portland Press Herald reported about an alarming new climate study that has been called “code red for humanity,” it also carried a front-page story about Central Maine Power’s (CMP) continued failure to help solar energy projects connect with the electrical grid as part of Maine’s response to climate change. The contrast could not be starker. The world’s top climate scientists warn of the dire consequences of our slow and insufficient transition away from fossil fuels, while CMP continues to be slow and inefficient in assisting our transition to a clean energy future. Continue reading

LISTEN: Adam Cote talks about Question 1 on WGAN

Click HERE to listen on WGAN Attorney Adam Cote discusses why Mainers should VOTE YES on 1 to Reject the CMP Corridor.

UPDATED: Question 1 focuses on the CMP corridor

Village Soup While corridor proponents raise the specter of retroactivity, opponents note that is not a change to Maine law. The real issue, corridor opponents argue, is the 53-mile area to be cut through a globally significant forest. Citizens throughout the state will decide at the polls Nov. 2 where they stand on building a 145-mile transmission corridor to bring hydroelectric power from Canada to rate-payers in Massachusetts. The project will leave a 53-mile scar, bisecting the last intact globally significant temperate forest east of the Mississippi, according to Sandi Howard, director of “No CMP Corridor,” a group fighting the project. She is also a Maine Guide and added that this forest is a last stronghold for brook trout. Continue reading

Politics & Other Mistakes: Gutter watch

Daily Bulldog Over the summer, some nasty stuff has accumulated in the political gutters. Let’s clean it out. Hypocrisy watch: In December 2019, Adrienne Bennett, then a Republican congressional candidate in Maine’s 2nd District, told the Bangor Daily News she opposed Central Maine Power’s plan to build a transmission line through western Maine to bring Canadian power to Massachusetts. Bennett said she’d even signed a petition to put the project out to referendum, so she could vote against it. Bennett lost the 2020 GOP primary, but recently resurfaced as spokeswoman for Mainers for Fair Laws, a political action committee sponsored by CMP to promote the same power corridor Bennett once opposed. Continue reading

WATCH: Confused about Question 1? Here are the facts about the NECEC

Click HERE to watch on WMTW Mainers will decide whether to reject or allow the New England Clean Energy Corridor to move forward this November, although the wording of the referendum may be confusing to some. Continue reading

LISTEN: WVOM interview w/ Adam Cote

Click HERE to listen on WVOM Adam Cote explains the referendum and why Mainers should VOTE YES on 1 to BAN the CMP Corridor.

LISTEN: Rep. Poirier on WGAN discussing Yes on 1

Click HERE to listen on WGAN Representative Jennifer Poirier (R- Skowhegan) discusses why the CMP corridor is bad for Maine and why she will VOTE YES on 1 to Reject the CMP Corridor.