Employment and sustainability go hand in hand. As marine harvest industries do, conservation translates to income for local residents. Maine government departments should continually plan on how to use conservation to provide jobs. Here are some problems I see, and legislative solutions I would seek.
Township 7 residents successfully withdrew by petition from Maine’s Expedited Wind Zone in 2015. They knew that if wind farms wanted to be installed, a community should have a right to decide whether to permit them, not some Agency in Augusta. Today, Schoodic Lake region residents regret that a wind farm will be permitted without their consent, and it keeps happening that way. Roof-mounted wind vanes are preferable. The 2010 Expedited Wind Energy Act should be repealed.
Protect Acadia National Park No Bar Harbor Port Authority
LD 1400 would have enabled a cargo port in Bar Harbor, that could have resulted in petroleum products being off and on loaded. That bill was vetoed by Governor LePage. In 2004 an LNG terminal was proposed for Gouldsboro, but was drowned out at a public hearing at the community center. Residents knew the damage that would have wrought to their livelihoods in the form of polluted water from the inevitable spills. Our waters in and around District 136 are ongoing targets for polluters. Why not invest in conversion to renewable energy? A tidal generator production plant could be built here, producing units that could be installed in waters such as Sullivan Falls. A Gouldsboro resident has tidal generator plans that just need investment.
How to achieve Sustainable Communities!
Island Community Solar Microgrid
Here’s a good example of conversion out on Isle Au Haut that was published in Working Waterfront. Not everything falls into place at once, but the community support makes it happen eventually.