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Keep Michael Vose off the NH Site Evaluation Committee

Updated: Dec 17, 2018


Governor Sununu wants to appoint Michael Vose to the Public Utilities Commission's Site Evaluation Commitee.

We must stop this dangerous appointment that would impact residents statewide.


WHY WE'RE CONCERNED ABOUT MICHAEL VOSE


• Advocate of Granite Bridge

• Advocate of Northern Pass

• Involved as sponsor to withdraw NH from RGGI

• Voted against lifting the net metering cap

• Votes against energy efficiency

• Votes against subsidies for renewables

• Supporter of the trash burning facility being included in the RPS

• General court website and sponsored bills

https://openstates.org/nh/legislators/NHL001174/michael-vose/


MICHAEL VOSE IS A THREAT TO RESIDENTS STATEWIDE


We must make energy decisions that protect our finances, health, water, air, safety, food and scenic state. Michael Vose supports Granite Bridge Pipeline and Northern Pass. It's up to us to act now and call the Executive Councilors below.

THESE THREE COUNCILORS HAVE SAID THEY WILL VOTE AGAINST MICHAEL VOSE. Please call them and ask them to vote no and not appoint Michael Vose to the SEC.


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"Hello, my name is ______ and I'm from (your town). I am very concerned about Governor Sununu's selection of Michael Vose to be appointed to the Site Evaluation Committee. He supports Granite Bridge Pipeline and Northern Pass. I respectfully ask that you please vote no on his nomination. Thank you."


ECHO ACTION'S EMAIL (12/12/18)


“Dear Honorable Executive Councilors,

It is with very serious concern that I write to you today. Governor Sununu's selection of Michael Vose to be appointed to the Site Evaluation Committee is one that would negatively impact residents across New Hampshire.

Michael Vose's record speaks for itself.

• Advocate of Granite Bridge • Advocate of Northern Pass • Involved as sponsor to withdraw NH from RGGI • Voted against lifting the net metering cap • Votes against energy efficiency • Votes against subsidies for renewables • Supporter of the trash burning facility being included in the RPS

These decisions are not in the best interest of Granite Staters. Across New Hampshire, residents have been outspoken for years. From those in the North Country opposed to Northern Pass to those in Central and Southern regions who oppose fossil fuel expansion, we want responsible decisions to be made.

We want to protect our finances, health, safety, air, water, food and our beautiful scenic state. Michael Vose does not speak for us.

I respectfully ask that you vote no on the appointment of Michael Vose to the Site Evaluation Committee and that you have a hearing so that the public can voice their needs and concerns.

Thank you, Stephanie Scherr Director, ECHO Action NH”


FOLLOW UP ECHO ACTION EMAIL (12/17/18)


"Dear Honorable Executive Councilors,

Last Wednesday I wrote to you expressing my deep concern about Governor Sununu's selection of Michael Vose to be appointed to the Site Evaluation Committee. Since that time, I have heard from ECHO Action members and other organizations who share my concerns.


Michael Vose's record: • Advocate of Granite Bridge • Advocate of Northern Pass • Involved as sponsor to withdraw NH from RGGI • Voted against lifting the net metering cap • Votes against energy efficiency • Votes against subsidies for renewables • Supporter of the trash burning facility being included in the RPS

Northern Granite Staters have been in fierce opposition to the Northern Pass for  years, with the firm support of those in southern regions. Southern and Central residents have also waged intense opposition to the NED pipeline, Granite Bridge Pipeline and LNG tank, Ashuelot River crossing pipeline, Lebanon, Hanover and Keene gas expansion and other fossil fuel projects. Regardless, Governor Sununu and industry supporters continue to push for these unwanted projects.

New Hampshire deserves a representative on the Site Evaluation Committee who will put our economic, health, safety, air, water, food and needs first, with serious consideration of tourism and wildlife impacts from large-scale infrastructure overbuild. Michael Vose does not speak for us.


In the December 15th Union Leader article, Sununu, inner circle received thousands from lobbyist-funded nonprofit, it was revealed that Eversource contributed $25,000 to Governor Sununu's inauguration committee. With this knowledge, consistent support of Northern Pass, despite the public's desire to squash the project, seems a bit more clear.


Liberty Utilities successfully lobbied all of NH's State Senators in support of the Granite Bridge Pipeline despite their inability to prove need, a devastating report from the International Governmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and opportunities like offshore wind hanging in the balance, ignored by a Governor who promised action. Far more jobs would be created by offshore wind and expanded solar than Northern Pass and pipelines. Who is looking out for us?


Climate change is escalating at an alarming rate. New Hampshire continues to fall well behind our neighbors in Vermont and Massachusetts in taking action and accelerating our move to renewable energy. At this time, the PUC is not required to consider climate impacts when deciding to approve a project. Michael Vose's position on the SEC would further imperil us and put the utilities at an even higher advantage. I ask you to take responsible measures now.


At a time when science is under attack, we are in desperate need of transparency and representatives with integrity who represent the people. The public has the deck stacked against them. You can change that.


I respectfully ask that you vote no on the appointment of Michael Vose to the Site Evaluation Committee and that you have a public hearing so that the people can voice their needs and concerns.

With great respect, Stephanie Scherr"


OTHER RESOURCES


Sununu, inner circle received thousands from lobbyist-funded nonprofit


"Eversource was one of three $25,000 contributors to the Sununu inauguration committee. The company is one of the main energy suppliers in the state and has been waging a tumultuous legislative and legal battle for approval of the $1.6 billion Northern Pass transmission line.


The state Site Evaluation Committee rejected the project, but Sununu has been a consistent backer of Northern Pass, which is now the subject of a state Supreme Court case."


"The $10,000 and $5,000 donor clubs included other energy providers, lobbying firms, a tobacco company and many large corporations."


🔴PLEASE EMAIL ALL!

You can copy and paste all three into your email:

joseph.kenney@nh.gov, David.Wheeler@nh.gov, represcott@nh.gov, Andru.Volinsky@nh.gov, cpappas@nh.gov


EXECUTIVE COUNCILOR JOE KENNEY

Cell: (603) 581-8780

Home Office: (603) 473-2569

joseph.kenney@nh.gov


EXECUTIVE COUNCILOR DAVE WHEELER

Executive Council Office: (603) 271-3632

Home Office: (603) 672-6062

David.Wheeler@nh.gov


EXECUTIVE COUNCILOR RUSSELL PRESCOTT

Executive Council Office: (603) 271-3632

Cell: (603) 231-7822

represcott@nh.gov


EXECUTIVE COUNCILOR ANDRU VOLINSKY

Andru.Volinsky@nh.gov

Executive Council Office: (603) 271-3632

Home Office: (603) 491-0376


EXECUTIVE COUNCILOR CHRIS PAPPAS

cpappas@nh.gov

Executive Council Office: (603) 271-3632

Cell: (603) 867-8438

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