New York and New England Need More Clean Energy. Is Hydropower From Canada the Best Way to Get it?

Inside Climate News As the sole residents of unorganized territory T5 R7 deep within Maine's North Woods, Duane Hanson and his wife, Sally Kwan, have watched the land around them—known for its natural beauty, diverse wildlife and recreational fishing—transformed by decades of development.  But what troubles them most is what could happen in the next few months. State and corporate officials are pushing for construction of a 53-mile-long power line corridor cutting right through the woods and abutting the wild lands surrounding Hanson's property.  Continue reading

10.4.Newsletter

Hello friends, A few weeks ago it was reported that in addition to their record-smashing $11.3 million investment to defeat our last referendum effort, CMP also funneled an undisclosed amount of dark money into the campaign through the Maine State Chamber of Commerce. This means that the only group supporting this disastrous project, aside from the two companies who stand to make billions, is on CMP’s payroll! Continue reading

LTE: Dismayed by NECEC support

Daily Bulldog I was dismayed to learn the Mid-Maine Chamber of Commerce is supporting the CMP Corridor without polling its members or giving corridor opponents equal time at their meetings. The Chamber can do better than allowing itself to become a mouthpiece for a foreign-owned company at the expense of local Maine businesses, and should resist being played as a pawn in Avangrid's ongoing campaign to make deceptive connections between this ill-conceived corridor project and "regional economic improvement. Continue reading

Everything Mainers need to know to vote in the 2020 election

Bangor Daily News This year, Mainers will pick a president, decide three other federal races and turn over a new Legislature. Between absentee ballots and social distancing requirements at polling places due to the COVID-19 pandemic, voting will be different during this consequential election. We’ve been asking you all year about the subjects you care about. We used those responses to ask pointed questions of the candidates. The result is this voter guide, which distills the positions of top-tier candidates while putting questions to every candidate for Maine’s 186 state legislative seats. Here is everything you need to know before casting your ballot in the 2020 election. Click HERE to go to find how you can type in your address to find your candidates and where many of them stand on the issues, including the CMP CORRIDOR!

LTE: In support of Senator Russell Black

Daily Bulldog Dear Editor, I am writing today to offer my support for Senator Russell Black’s re-election. Over the past 10 years I have been very please with how he has represented our community. He knows what his constituents want and acts accordingly. Let me give you three examples: • He supported health care expansion to the poor. He did this and continued to provide support even under tremendous pressure to change his vote.• He was one of four Senate Republican’s that voted for the State budget. He knew a State shutdown would not benefit his Senate District. Again, he cast this vote under tremendous pressure to change his mind.• He has worked tireless to protect our public lands from the CMP corridor. He worked against all odds to get the bill introduced and passed by the Ag committee. Continue reading

LTE: New referendum to put NECEC to statewide vote

Daily Bulldog Earlier this month, opponents of CMP's NECEC project (the corridor), filed a second citizens referendum to bring this wildly unpopular project to a statewide vote. This is after the Supreme Court found the language in the first referendum unconstitutional ahead of the vote. This new referendum, which has taken the court's suggestions into account and been scrutinized by a number of well qualified attorneys, seeks to engage the legislature in large for-profit industrial projects like this one in order to give the branch of government that is closest to the people a say. Continue reading

Politics & Other Mistakes: Overlooked races

Daily Bulldog The thing I hate about big disasters – climate change, the death of a U.S. Supreme Court justice and her possible replacement by a religious fanatic, a pandemic that’s killed over 200,000 Americans, the inability of the president to connect with reality – is they distract me from the little disasters that can have significant – and even nastier – effects on life in Maine. How am I supposed to figure out whether it makes sense to launch another referendum to stop Central Maine Power’s plan to cut up western Maine so it can deliver Canadian hydropower to Massachusetts when my attempts to focus on that rather parochial issue are disrupted by the opioid crisis, not to mention terrorism, homelessness, racism, government corruption and the weird format for the Major League Baseball playoffs? Continue reading

9.27 Newsletter

Hello friends, This week, No CMP Corridor held an informational forum with guest panelists Roger Merchant and Tom Saviello and this was one of our best sessions yet! Click here to view the Zoom meeting Roger Merchant, a professional photographer and retired forester, demonstrated the lasting visual impacts of CMP's proposed transmission corridor, as well as the permanent forest fragmentation that would occur in Segment 1 (the first 53.5 miles) of the proposed corridor route. His compelling slide show clearly demonstrated that CMP is lying in their advertising when it portrays this beautiful, remote section as a wasteland.  Continue reading

LTE: Hold up corridor until decision on CMP

Kennebec Journal Since it seems the Legislature is going to engage in a study for the viability of purchasing Central Maine Power to make a true public utility, I think there should be a moratorium on the new, hotly debated, destructive and ugly power corridor through Maine’s forest. The moratorium should last at least until the Legislature has decided whether or not to proceed with and complete the purchase of CMP’s assets. If Maine decides to purchase CMP then the state will be able to decide what needs to be done, not investors in Spain. If Canadian power still wants the corridor, they can surely bury the contentious portion of the corridor. Continue reading

Is New England’s Biggest Renewable Energy Project Really a Win for the Climate?

The Revelator Is renewable energy always sustainable — or just? Today we launch a two-part series looking at the role of Canadian hydropower in helping the U.S. Northeast meet its climate goals. Construction could start soon on New England’s biggest renewable energy project, a 1,200-megawatt-capacity transmission line to deliver renewable energy to Massachusetts customers. The proposed project, New England Clean Energy Connect, has cleared most of its significant regulatory hurdles. But it hasn’t been without opposition. Some of the fiercest challenges have come from environmental groups, who question the purported green benefits. That’s because this isn’t a wind or solar project — it’s big hydro imported from Canada. The power would come from a massive network of 63 hydropower stations and numerous large dams owned by Hydro-Québec, a monopoly utility run by the province. Some of this energy could travel more than 800 miles from turbine to light switch. Continue reading