Question 1 was bought and paid by big oil and gas.

It’s becoming common practice for opponents of the Clean Energy Corridor to present falsehoods as “facts.” In a recent letter in these pages, the author lists a series of unfounded statements he claims are “facts,” which is misleading. His talking points are straight out of the big oil and gas playbook.

Here are the facts.

Regarding Indigenous relations, the practices have evolved over time in Canada as in many countries. Hydro-Québec works with communities from the initial stage of a project to preserve the various types of land use, promote traditional activities and ensure economic benefits for Indigenous peoples. Over the past four decades, our collaboration has resulted in more than 40 agreements with five nations.

The Clean Energy Corridor will help preserve Maine’s landscape and forests for generations. The project will remove more than 3 million metric tons of carbon emissions from the region every year. That’s the equivalent of removing 700,000 cars from the road annually. The protects has small footprint, impacting only 1,000 total acres while permanently conserving more than 40,000 acres in the same area. By comparison, Maine’s woodland owners typically harvest timber on over 400,000 acres a year.

Big oil and gas is spending millions to stop clean energy projects in Maine to keep generating dirty energy. 

Serge Abergel, director of communications, Hydro-Québec

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