Maine Gov: Cheap Gas Won’t Last
In his weekly radio address, Governor John Baldacci of Maine warned the people of his state not to count on the current level of fuel prices to last long.
“Not to sound like the Grinch, but energy prices will go up again as our national economy begins to show some signs of recovery from this recession,” the governor said in his message. “We must remember that prices fell from record highs in just two months — and it would not be a surprise if they went back up even faster.”
The Republicans agreed with the governor’s message in their own weekly response. House Minority Leader Josh Tardy, a Republican, also added that the state will need to make a sweeping transition to other sources of energy to heat their homes and power their vehicles.
“Clearly, we will need to generate massive new amounts of electricity to make this transition possible — about three times as much as we produce today,” said Tardy. While companies have built and continue to build wind farms in Maine, “the serious potential is offshore,” said the GOP leader.
The governor noted that his Ocean Energy Task Force met during the past week to begin developing plans to harness the various power available from the Gulf of Maine, such as tidal, wave, and wind energy.
“I, for one, am sick and tired of (the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries) dictating how much we spend in Maine for a product that we depend upon to be able to work and keep our homes warm and to power our economy,” said Baldacci.