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This pair of letters to the editor illustrates a paradox in the conversation about climate change as it related to power: The same people desperate to adopt renewables bemoan transmission projects. 

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Peter Key on Aug 16, 2021

These letters actually don't indicate the paradox you're talking about. The New England Clean Energy Connect transmission project by itself doesn't create any additional renewable generation; it just brings hydropower being produced in Canada into the United States. If Canada replaces that hydropower with power from renewable generation, the project will be a plus for the environment. But the letter writer says Canada will replace it with "more dirty energy," which will make it a minus for the environment.

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Michael Keller on Aug 19, 2021

Canada’s existing hydro facilities are renewable green energy.

Seems to me issues involve adverse environmental impacts of new transmission lines as well as who pays for the new lines. Then there is the matter of sending money to Canada.

New England does not have much in the way of indigenous energy resources, which explains their high-cost of electricity.

All things considered, probably better to bring in Canadian power, as opposed to building offshore wind turbines. However, Maine does have the right to allow or not allow new transmission lines. The other New England states are free to build new transmission lines.

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John Simonelli on Aug 20, 2021

This scene has played out over and over again across the US. Everyone wants to go green, everyone wants to decarbonize the country, everybody supports solar and wind and batteries, etc. As long as it doesn't get built where they live, its great. It is utterly amazing how many good projects have died on the cutting room floor because people decide that even though it's good for society, they don't want it where they live. Imagine if that attitude was pervasive back in the 50s when president Eisenhower announced plans to build the Interstate highway system across this country. If you tried to do that today you'd never get anything built. Until someone has the intestinal fortitude to exercise eminent domain many projects are never going to see the light of day.

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Bob Meinetz on Aug 28, 2021

"everybody supports solar and wind and batteries, etc...."

You might think so, given all the hype surrounding them in the press. But there are quite a few (more every day) who recognize "green" energy for the scam that it is - who recognize its obscene land use, and don't want their grandchildren to inherit a forest of industrial junk.

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John Simonelli on Sep 1, 2021

Believe me Bob I haven't completely drank the wind, solar, battery kool-aid. The amount of mining that has to occur for the precious metals, the hazmat getting rid of the stuff at end of life, land requirements, etc., the reality is every form of generation has its pros and cons. I'm old school and believe we need a diversified resource mix. I'm all for some wind, solar and batteries, but I also believe we need small compact nuclear reactors, we need a hell of a lot of pump storage hydro, and production of hydrogen which can then be used to run gas turbines would also be desirable. All in all just don't put all the eggs in one basket

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