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Select date: Feb 1 9:30am (of the public hearing)
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All rocket launches cause harm to our climate no matter what they claim and no matter what kind of fuel they use. Climate crisis is hastened by rocket launches, and this is a rapidly growing concern. Aluminum oxide produced when launches fail and burn up re-entering Earth's airspace cause significant damage to the ozone layer.
Environmental toxins such as PFAS from fire-suppression systems at rocket launch sites pose a deadly threat to our water and soil. Aluminum fallout from rockets and payloads that fail falls to Earth, along with other chemicals from the incineration of plastics and other components of rockets.
All rocket launch sites previously built on the promise that there would be no military use failed to keep that promise. In Kodiak, Alaska their "civilian-use only" site has both the Pentagon and Israel's military using it for rocket launches of weapons and surveillance systems.
Birds in particular are harmed by rocket launches, often with mass death events following a launch. Jonesport's commercial fishing community imposed a moratorium on rocket launch sites due to concerns about disruption to their livelihood.
Publicly supported development of facilities intended for private profit is a bad deal for taxpayers. Why socialize research and development costs while privatizing the eventual profits? (Note: the recent U.S. covid vaccines developed after publicly funded research then sold for immense profits are perfect examples of this type of bad deal for the public.)
Radio interview with Lisa Savage Feb 9
Discussion of LD 1923 begins around 5:20 on this recording.
Let our voices be heard so that it can never again be said that "no one spoke in opposition" to LD 1923.
Videos of the work sessions for this bill
I’ve learned that Raytheon, Lockheed Martin and Northrop Grumman, all of which have companies located in Maine, have just been awarded Pentagon contracts to develop hypersonic weapons...What clear and unambiguous assurances do we have that once the infrastructure is in place it will not be used for military purposes, either now or in the future?
One more horrible idea that we can not allow to destroy the state and the planet we love.
Claire, Blue Hill
The Innovation, Development, Economic Advancement, and Business (IDEA) Committee of the Maine Legislature has still not passed this bill on to the legislature pending language review of two amendments.
Notes we took during work sessions are available here in one doc.
You can contact your own rep and senator with concerns about building toxic rocket launch sites in Maine.
Explanatory emails from those who case dissenting votes on the IDEA Committee: