Colin Durrant, CLF Director of Communications
Brunswick, ME (January 14, 2008) The Maine Land Use Regulation Commission today delivered a mixed message on wind power in Maine, approving one project but rejecting another. The Conservation Law Foundation (CLF), the only environmental group that consistently supported both projects as necessary steps to stabilize and reverse the impacts of climate change, called the decision by the Commission disappointing.
“Taken together, the Black Nubble and Kibby wind projects would have made a significant impact on Maine’s efforts to reduce global warming pollution and made the state a real leader in promoting clean, emissions free energy,” said Sean Mahoney, CLF’s Maine Advocacy Center Director. “By approving only the Kibby project and not the Black Nubble project, the Commission sends a mixed message and has unfortunately elevated subjective aesthetic interests above the impending catastrophe of climate change.”
Natural levels of the global warming gas carbon dioxide have increased by a third in the last 150 years, and are expected to double or triple again in the next century. Wind power is one of the few viable options currently available to reduce harmful greenhouse gas emissions but it will require construction of as much as 8,000 megawatts of new wind power in the New England region by 2024 to meet targeted reductions.
“The failure to take bold action to prevent global warming will lead to significant changes in Maine’s temperature, precipitation and winter snow, drought periods and stream flows, and the levels of its coastal waters,” said Mahoney. “These changes will have real and substantial adverse impacts on public health, forests and farms, winter recreation activities and marine resources.”
Together, the Black Nubble and Kibby projects could have generated almost 200 MW of electricity, enough to power almost 70,000 homes.
The Conservation Law Foundation (www.clf.org) works to solve the most significant environmental challenges facing New England. CLF’s advocates use law, economics, and science to create innovative strategies to conserve natural resources, protect public health, and promote vital communities in our region. Founded in 1966, CLF is a nonprofit, member-supported organization with offices in Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont.