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Angus King on Energy & Oil

Independent Former ME Governor


Windpower: everyone's for progress; no one's for change

San Francisco isn't that far from Yosemite and on the way, we saw an amazing sight--electricity producing windmills on all sides of the pass. We couldn't count them all, but there seemed like at least a thousand, all silently turning against the blue of the sky. They looked cool.

I thought the windmills were so cool, in fact, that after returning t Maine, I got into the windpower business, but it's tough; everybody's for progress, nobody's for change.

Source: Governor`s Travels, by Gov. Angus King, p.118 , Aug 16, 2011

Oil & trees aren't ours to use up in our generation

We saw the giant redwoods of the northern California coast. Somehow the idea of cutting down something that took 500 years to grow (there are some more than 2,000 years old) just doesn't seem right. It's like we're taking something away in our one measly generation that doesn't really belong to us. By the way, we're doing the same thing with oil. It took millions of years to make and we're going to use it up in about 150 years. Reminds me of the old saying--pigs get fat, but hogs get slaughtered.
Source: Governor`s Travels, by Gov. Angus King, p.121 , Aug 16, 2011

Voluntary partnerships reduce greenhouse gases economically.

King adopted the National Governors Association policy:

Source: NGA policy NR-11, Global Climate Change Domestic Policy 00-NGA3 on Aug 15, 2000

Kyoto Treaty must include reductions by all countries.

King adopted the National Governors Association policy:

If appropriate international commitments are established and are ratified by the US, the Governors believe implementation should be allowed to be achieved through cost-effective market-based activities, which account for scientifically verifiable and accountable reductions in greenhouse gas levels regardless of where the reductions are achieved. Any multinational emissions trading program must provide a flexible and workable framework that takes full advantage of market forces and maximizes international participation.
Source: NGA policy NR-11, Climate Change International Policy 00-NGA4 on Aug 15, 2000

Create Regional Emissions Registry for GHG trading.

King signed the New England Governors' Conference resolution:

  • NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that NEG/ECP accepts the Climate Change Action Plan and [commits to its] implementation; and
  • BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that [NEG/ECP commits to] work together to address regional energy and environmental issues such as integrated approaches to energy reliability, fuel diversity, regional emission credit trading, energy conservation, and improved energy facility and transmission siting.
    Source: NEG/ECP Resolution 26-4: Energy & Environment 01-NEGC4 on Aug 28, 2001

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