We, the people of Maine, are being played as dolts and hicks at the hands of our own U.S. government, the environmental movement, and foreign entities such as Statoil and Iberdrola.
The people of Maine are not going to profit from building onshore or offshore wind generators. The parts for these behemoths are mostly built in Europe or China (no Maine jobs) and are maintained by a small number of people.
Statoil did not bolt because of Gov. Paul LePage’s actions. The company left because of the prospect of government subsidies drying up. That’s the way it should be: Operate your business with your own investments, so it stands on its own, or get out.
LePage argues that we pay too much for energy in Maine, and adding wind will increase our rates even higher, chasing more businesses and jobs away. European nations staked their whole economy on green energy and have now realized they just defaced their landscape and raised their rates to levels that make them uncompetitive.
Iberdrola is a Spanish company that broke the back of the economy in Spain with wind; Spain’s unemployment rate is near 30 percent.
Iberdrola made the decision to come to a friendlier place: Maine. They are going to do the same thing to us here. We are being treated as the dolts they think we are.
James J. Lutz
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