Rescind the Resolution
The 400 members of the Maine Energy Marketers Association work every day to lower energy prices for their customers. I write to make it clear that Bethel voters have a chance next week to rescind a resolution that could limit our supply of petroleum products and lead to higher energy prices for Maine consumers.
The Alberta Oil Sands in Canada is the third largest reserve of crude in the world, has safely been a part of our fuel mix for decades, and is putting downward pressure on consumer prices. Earlier this year, a report in the Maine media put a barrel of oil from Alberta at about $60 a barrel compared to $118 a barrel for traditional foreign sources.
In January, the Portland City Council unanimously rejected a policy prohibiting the purchase of oil sands-derived products for Portland’s fuel needs. The council concluded it would be impossible to source petroleum products in the market that could be certified to be free of oil sands-derived crude.
The Legislature’s Environment and Natural Resources Committee reached a similar conclusion in May, unanimously agreeing to drop an oil sands moratorium from a bill after hearing from the Department of Environmental Protection that “refined oil may be comprised of oil from a variety of sources. The proposed moratorium could significantly reduce the availability of oil products in Maine and increase energy costs to Maine citizens and businesses.”
Opponents of fossil fuels do not want voters to understand the true costs of eliminating oil sands crude from our fuel mix. Their proposal is unworkable and far too high a price to pay for those of us who rely on oil and gas to heat our homes and fuel our vehicles.
President, Maine Energy Marketers Association