04/30/2021 | News release | Distributed by Public on 04/30/2021 13:03
Janet Mills and Joe Biden are the poster children for destroying Maine's lobster fishing industry.
According to a new report from the Bangor Daily News, Biden's & Mills' plans to implement their extreme environmental agenda of offshore wind will be a death sentence for thousands of family-sustaining fishing jobs in Maine.
And while Governor Mills tried to appease lobstermen and lobsterwomen by signing a 10-year ban on offshore wind in state waters, that isn't fooling anyone because Mills refuses to call out Biden for his plan that would further crowd fishing grounds.
Joe Biden's call for more offshore wind turbines faces stiff headwind from Maine fishermen
Bangor Daily News
April 30, 2021
Last week, President Joe Biden told federal regulators that to combat global warming, they should speed up the deployment of offshore wind-energy turbines, with the goal of supplying enough to power 10 million homes by the end of this decade.
Gov. Janet Mills agrees - a contrast with her predecessor, former Gov. Paul LePage, who tried to stifle offshore wind development and who could mount a campaign against her next year.
Mills is steaming ahead, and in November, she announced that the state would seek a federal lease to situate 12 commercial-scale turbines 20 to 40 miles offshore, to hook into the electricity grid in Yarmouth or Wiscasset.
But out in Friendship Bay, about 14 miles due north of Monhegan, skepticism runs deep.
'I don't know anyone that wants to be a guinea pig for this stuff,' said Dustin Delano, vice president of the Maine Lobstermen's Association. He fishes territory that lies within the broad area where the governor's team is looking to site the 12-turbine energy park.
'Gov. Mills wants this to be her legacy. She wants to have the first offshore floating wind farm in the United States. And that's why she's racing to get this done, at our expense. I don't care what anybody says, she's going to trade one industry for another,' he said.
And fishermen are taking small comfort from the governor's proposal for a 10-year moratorium on wind projects in state-controlled waters, which stretch roughly three miles from shore.
The majority of the state's lobster fleet fishes within that line, but offshore fishermen say if they are shut out of traditional grounds by offshore turbines, they'll have to move inshore, crowding access to the lobster resource.