Maine shouldn’t start a space company

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Companies apparently never stop thinking of new ways to exploit Maine’s great outdoors. On the heels of the rejected NECEC/CMP corridor project, a bill is introduced in the Legislature to develop three space launch sites in Maine.

LD 1923, “An Act To Establish the Maine Space Corporation” is another public-private partnership that would manage federal government contracts, issue bonds, receive tax breaks, and distribute funds for the acquisition of land and property for a Maine space complex. It plans to develop preparation and launch sites to send satellites and launch vehicles into polar orbit from Brunswick, Limestone and near Jonesport.

LD 1923 is the result of the work of the Maine Space Grants Consortiuma NASA-funded organization that promotes the interests of the aerospace industry.

I think all space programs are military in nature, whether they admit it or not. Space launch sites previously built in pristine parts of Alaska and New Zealand were sold to locals as civilian sites to generate jobs (sound familiar?), but were soon converted to military use by for-profit commercial interests.

People know what public-private partnerships do, don’t they? They privatize the profits from publicly funded research and development.

Maine doesn’t need rocket launch sites to pollute our air, water, and soil to make rich people richer. People should call or write their legislators today and tell them they oppose LD 1923.

Lisa Wild

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