By now, Mainers are swimming in an ocean of ads warning how awful it would be if Pine Tree Power replaced Central Maine Power and Versant as electricity providers, so let’s see what we have under the present regime.

In 2022, the two firms sucked $187 million out of the state, much of it going to investors in foreign countries. That money could have been far better spent inside our state to deal with the now obvious harm which climate change is doing. As if that weren’t enough, every time a storm breaks, public radio broadcasts news of power outages, which seem to have become routine.

Do we really want more of the same?

John Raby

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