A hidden agenda in energy editorials?



Dear Editor:

Most of your editorials seem well-informed, intelligent and rational, even when I don’t agree. The exception has been every single entry on the topic of energy. Your comments in this vein are such outliers, leading me to conclude that you have a personal stake in the energy industry.

Your latest nonsensical energy screed, disingenuously titled “Your energy options continue to evolve,” simply doesn’t hold together. In addition, you made your loyalties perfectly clear: investors and big business over individuals and small stakeholders.

“Our” energy options, you say? You devoted two paragraphs to a discussion of the booming demand for electric vehicles…in Europe, saying this is related to a goal of competing with American-built Tesla vehicles. Tesla vehicles are outside the financial reach of a vast majority of Americans. I don’t see how this is an example where “our” energy options are evolving.

Then you discuss Central Maine Power’s plans to tie into Hydro-Quebec electric energy “to meet Massachusetts’ renewable energy quotas.” Please help us understand how this is evolving “our” energy options. Even if there are currently plans to deliver some of this “least expensive controllable energy” to Mainers, that is no assurance that it ever will. Witness the massive investment in fiber optic infrastructure across our state (a fiber optic signal station lights up the night sky immediately next door to my house). Are you on fiber optic? I’m not. And I don’t know anyone who is.

Next paragraph. You wax proudly about “several large-scale solar projects approved or proposed for Maine” in recent weeks. Yet you say absolutely nothing about the solar bill shot down in the Maine Legislature last week. That bill initially passed comfortably in both houses, but after the Governor’s veto, enough legislators were arm-twisted by political and industry interests to change their minds and the veto-override failed. The bill would have helped small businesses, municipalities and farmers gain a foothold in the solar market and offset their electricity usage. Not a single word from you about the defeat of this bill. As for wind, your past record of editorials on the subject might lead one to conclude that Beezlebub himself is trying to destroy our civilization through wind farms.

To paraphrase your closing comments, “Investors have the most skin in the game, not taxpayers or ratepayers.” Meaning what exactly? The taxpayers and rate-paying citizenry have no right to try to influence decisions about energy development in our state by leaning on our legislators and governor? We should just do what all good corporation-worshiping Americans do and let the market dictate our utility bills and use of natural resources? You say “let consumers decide,” but that’s disingenuous too. You mean wealthy investor consumers, not everyday Hancock County citizens.

Medea Steinman

Franklin

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