The claim that this new power line to Massachusetts would cut carbon emissions is at the core of CMP’s assertion that it’s OK to destroy Maine forest and habitat to meet our climate goals.
But is the claim true? The Natural Resources Council of Maine (NRCM) and many other organizations are deeply concerned that the line will not result in a reduction in carbon emissions and may even contribute to an increase.
To assure a decrease in carbon emissions, CMP and Hydro Quebec would have to demonstrate that the source of power for the line must be new, clean hydro — not simply a shift from one market (e.g., New York) to another, which would require replacing it with a clean source.
When NRCM asked CMP if this is the case, they received no answer.
The State of New Hampshire also asked Hydro Quebec the same question in the review of the Northern Pass; and got the same non-response.
CMP’s and Hydro Quebec’s refusal to answer this basic question speaks volumes.
It comes down to this: If I have a choice of believing NRCM’s research or CMP’s claims, NRCM wins every time.
Vote YES on 1 to ban the CMP corridor.
— Rozanna Patane, York Harbor