Chouinard OpEd: There’s nothing green about dams. The federal infrastructure bill should tear them down

The Colorado Sun Half our country is suffering from one of the worst droughts and most intense forest fire seasons on record. Climate change has Western states parched and burning, yet a key contributor to this crisis is not getting the attention it deserves: dams and reservoirs.  Yvon Chouinard To make matters worse, a coalition of hydropower and dam interests is pushing Congress and the Biden administration to funnel billions of dollars into propping up dams and selling the lie that dams provide a clean solution to America’s energy needs. But the truth is that including this proposal would make a mockery of the growing science on destructive dams and infrastructure plans meant to fight climate change. Investing in dams, instead of cleaner and less harmful energy and water solutions, perpetuates the crisis.  There’s nothing “green” about hydropower or water storage dams, and we’ve got the dirt to prove it.  Continue reading

Chapin LTE: Money spent on CMP corridor could be put to better use

Times Record If anyone is looking for a reason to convert CMP to a public utility, I have an example. We have been waiting for months to have CMP come and upgrade our service entrance from 100 amps to 200 amps. I thought we finally had a firm date. The electrician came and started the process and got as far as disconnecting our power. He called CMP to check on them because they were late. They had canceled the appointment without telling the electrician. Despite the electrician’s plea, they would not come on the appointed day. They are now scheduled for next week. This has been going on since May. In the meantime, they are spending millions of our dollars on advertising promoting the corridor, something that benefits out-of-state customers not us. Why should a foreign-owned company be allowed monopoly control over a resource we all need? The money spent on the corridor could be put to better use, trimming trees and hiring workers, not enriching shareholders. Bart Chapin,Arrowsic

10.10.21 Newsletter

Hello Friends, I want to start off by thanking all of our volunteers who have spent time helping our cause, whether it be speaking to Mainers at county fairs or with our phone bank effort, placing signs, spreading our message on social media or local conversations, and for your donations to keep our ads running online! It all helps and it all matters. Thank you. Continue reading

Maine Voices: There is a greener alternative to the NECEC power line project

Morning Sentinel A route through Vermont would pass under Lake Champlain and below ground along roads instead of through the Maine woods. Mainers should not be deceived by the numerous ads, letters and op-eds claiming that the projected New England Clean Energy Connect transmission line has compelling environmental benefits and would help combat climate change. In fact, it’s bad for Maine and the environment. Obviously, NECEC’s 100-foot towers set in a continuously maintained right of way the width of a football field will scar one of the most beautiful landscapes in New England. But beyond that, there is no assurance that the power crossing the proposed lines is not simply being “greenwashed.” Hydropower may be diverted from other Hydro-Quebec customers to go to Massachusetts while those existing customers will then receive substitute power generated by greenhouse gas emitting fossil fueled plants – a shell game that may do nothing to reduce overall greenhouse gas emissions and could even increase them. These facts alone should be sufficient to reject their proposal. Continue reading

Cuozzo LTE: Think about Question 1’s Indigenous impact

Bangor Daily News Celebrating “Indigenous Peoples’ Day” shows respect for our Indigenous neighbors, recognizing abuses they suffered as those with greater economic, military and political power seized their lands, livelihood, cultures and languages, even their lives. Many of us think this happened 200 years ago. Yet, many Mainers have lived through a recent abuse! When asked to vote no on ballot Question 1 to permit Hydro-Quebec to construct a corridor through forest lands to run power lines to deliver “clean energy” to Massachusetts electrical consumers, largely hidden from our view is the history of Hydro-Quebec’s 1980s dealings with the Indigenous Cree nation people. For details, see the September 1987 Cultural Survival Quarterly. A devastating September 1984 Hydro-Quebec dam water release drowned 10,000 caribou, threatening Cree and Inuit livelihood and culture and wildlife crucial to Native American way of life. Hydro-Quebec’s response: “… mainly an act of God.” Continue reading

Moceus LTE: NECEC is NOT green

Daily Bulldog The claim that this project, NECEC (the CMP corridor), will help combat climate change and have minimal impact on Maine’s environment is still being touted by CMP and its supporters. To call it a ‘green energy project’ is a stretch. Here are some of the key concerns: Continue reading

Washburn LTE: Corridor project dangerous, unfair, misleading

Lewiston Sun Journal “It’s not just unfair, it’s dangerous.” This is coming from an advertisement that has been pushed tirelessly on our TVs as of late. It’s no surprise that Avangrid, the international corporation that owns CMP, is spending millions of dollars on misleading commercials. They’ve been misleading Mainers since Day One, and I’m sure with the amount of wilderness they are hacking down in the West Forks, they have plenty of paper to go around. Continue reading

Question 1 Pro: There’s nothing strange about retroactive laws

Portland Press Herald CMP's supporters are trying to scare people about a very ordinary feature of our laws. Retroactivity has been a part of Maine law at least since the 1870s, serves a useful public purpose and is undeserving of the scare-mongering TV and newspaper ads, the omnipresent “Chicken Little” cry proponents of the Central Maine Power corridor are raining down on us. The latest addition to this deluge of hysteria is the ubiquitous yard signs planted by a CMP funded political action committee urging we “Say No To Retroactive Laws.” Retroactivity helped save Portland’s working waterfront. Continue reading

Natural Resources Council of Maine: VOTE YES Guide

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First Nations Oppose NECEC; Accuse Hydro-Québec of Energy Injustices

RTO Insider Members of the Herring Pond Wampanoag Tribe and the Penobscot Nation last week gave heartfelt explanations for why developers should not build transmission lines to bring Hydro-Québec’s power to New England, saying the utility’s projects have devastated tribal communities. The hydroelectric power plants in Québec are “projects based on theft and destruction” that halted food supply to communities reliant on the land for hunting and rivers for fish, said Lokotah Sanborn, a Penobscot artist and advocate in Maine. Continue reading