WEST LEBANON, N.H. (WCAX) Democrats in New Hampshire are criticizing fallout from vetoed biomass legislation by Governor Chris Sununu, and he's pushing back.
Two biomass plants in Springfield and Whitefield recently announced they were closing and laying off workers. It's the result of a veto by Sununu which subsidized the state's biomass industry. A similar bipartisan bill was also vetoed last year. Lawmakers overrode that but the bill got tied up in the courts.
Democrats say Sununu's decision to veto the legislation benefits special interests and hurts jobs, the economy, and the environment.
"It's the market that provides the income, that allows people to sustain their forestry practices. Lots of people will lose the ability to continue if they don't have this low-grade wood market," said Rep. Lee Oxenham, D-Plainfield.
Concord Monitor: State Employees Association, Sununu renew negotiations with release of fact finder's report
Gov. Chris Sununu and state union officials are entering a new phase of negotiations this week over the next contract after an independent report was sent to both parties.
The parties received a confidential fact finder’s report Wednesday – an outside assessment of both sides’ arguments, the State Employees Association said in a statement Thursday.
According to state law, the receipt of that report sets off a ten-day countdown ultimatum for both sides to come to the table for a final agreement. If an agreement is reached before the end of that ten days, the report is not made public; if nothing happens after 10 days, the report is released.
The development could force the parties to come together to avoid any public fallout from the release of the report.
In its announcement, the SEA said it would keep the report confidential until that window expires Nov. 23 “to allow sides to work out an agreement.”
Presenting, your president of the United States of America, Donald Trump.
In just two weeks, president Trump announced that Democrats are “crazy”; they “hate our Country”; and they “want to destroy America.”
Trump called the speaker of the House “a third-grade politician” to her face, described his Republican critics as “human scum,” said his defense secretary, Marine Gen. James Mattis, was “the world’s most overrated general,” and that it was he, Trump, who “captured ISIS in a month.”
Trump then argued that the Kurdish people in northern Syria “are no angels” as he abandoned them to the Turkish invasion and fears of genocide.
After that, he accused Vice President Biden of “raping and pillaging the nation,” and he has said the American free press is an “enemy of the people.” He also said science is a “liberal hoax.”
Finally, he boasted at a Cabinet meeting: “ISIS was all over the place. It was me who captured them. I’m the one who did the capturing.”
This is YOUR blatantly lying buffoon of a president, Republicans. Own him.
I’m talking to you, Gov. Chris Sununu.
When it comes to the climate crisis, Governor Chris Sununu is part of the problem. Our governor is not simply stagnant on climate legislation, but actively working against it. Since taking office Sununu has vetoed bipartisan bills that would curb New Hampshire’s emissions and invest in renewable energy, bypassed participation in a coalition of governors pledging to meet concrete climate goals, and supported Trump’s withdrawal from the Paris Climate Accord.
Sununu’s answer to the climate crisis? Denying climate change is real and increasing New Hampshire’s dependence on fossil fuels with projects like the Granite Bridge Pipeline. Oh, and making sure his fossil fuel buddies who financed his campaign get a fat check.
Despite all this, Sununu is somehow considered “moderate” on climate. Let’s be clear - the governor is no moderate on climate by any stretch of the imagination. But even if he was, the moment we are in demands unprecedented action far beyond the luxury of moderation.
To the Editor:
Almost as fast as our senators and representatives pass legislation to improve things in N.H., Governor SuNoNo vetos them. He has vetoed legislation to help reduce global warming, to stop gerrymandering, to repeal voter suppression laws, to facilitate gun safety, to provide job training, and to increase the minimum wage to $10 per hour in 2020 to $12 in 2022.
It’s interesting to note that on an inflation-adjusted basis, the national minimum wage was higher than the proposed $15 per hour for a 30-year stretch in the second half of the twentieth century. The recent report on income disparity in the U.S. showed that it was higher than ever before. Obviously, the super-rich have been successful in taking an ever-increasing share of what we produce. With their money, they get politicians like Governor SuNoNo to prevent the rest from getting a fair shake.
The name recognition of Sununu has translated into votes. Perhaps the name SuNoNo will offset it in the next election.
Despite claiming to support energy efficiency, Gov. Chris Sununu’s actions place him in the ranks of climate change deniers and promoters of negativity regarding environmental and renewable/clean energy solutions.
To cite a partial list: In 2019, the governor vetoed legislation concerning wetlands (House Bill 326), proposed legislation controlling greenhouse gases (HB 582), vehicle emissions (Senate Bill 275), renewable clean energy (SB 72, SB 167 as well as SB 168), net energy metering limits for customer generators (HB 365) and a proposed study of microgrids (HB 183).
To detail one example, SB 168 represented an important part of New Hampshire’s energy future. The 2019 bill, which proposed increasing the renewable portfolio standard requirements for new solar energy from 2019 through 2025, also proposed an exemption from increases in the annual purchase percentages for certain electrical supply contracts. Passage was important to clean-energy advocates as an essential step away from fossil fuels and toward renewable sources, such as solar energy. Gov. Sununu vetoed this bill.
Dear Governor Sununu,
I received your reply to my concern about your veto earlier this year. I find your explanation that HB365 would cost-shift the savings from net-metered solar projects to the ratepayers across our state to be baseless and without merit. Passing this bill would enable cities and towns like Dover to construct larger PV systems and lower electricity costs to all ratepayers. When you came to Dover to update us on the State of the State, your answer to my question on what municipalities could do (specifically the Dover Energy Commission), your answer was to get clean hydropower from Canada. I was shocked at the lack of thought in your flippant answer for the simple reason that the City of Dover has no control on the construction and permits that have to deal with the rights of landowners and northern townships on the construction of powerlines.
Your attempt to use this cost-shifting argument is an effort to show concern for lower economic families by having them believe that the net-metering bill only benefits the well-to-do. You cited that the residents of Rochester would have to bear the burden of the net-metering cost savings. That is again another baseless line of reasoning for the simple reason that if HB 365 becomes law, it doesn’t benefit just municipalities like Dover but all municipalities. There is no reason why Rochester or any other city could not construct a PV system that could lower the cost of electricity to its residents.
I find your reasoning troubling and it leads me to the obvious conclusion that you do not care about the citizens of NH when it comes to lower energy costs but rather you are beholden to corporate lobbyists.
Despite claiming to support energy efficiency, NH Governor Chris Sununu’s actions place him in the ranks of climate deniers and promoters of negativity regarding environmental and renewable/clean energy solutions.
To cite a partial list: In 2019, the Governor vetoed legislation concerning wetlands (House Bill 326), proposed legislation controlling greenhouse gases (HB582), vehicle emissions (Senate Bill 275), renewable clean energy (SB 72, SB 167 as well as SB 168), net energy metering limits for customer generators (HB 365), and a proposed study of microgrids (HB 183).
To detail one example, NH Senate Bill 168 represented an important part of New Hampshire’s energy future. The 2019 bill, which proposed increasing the renewable portfolio standard requirements for new solar energy from 2019 through 2025, also proposed an exemption from increases in the annual purchase percentages for certain electrical supply contracts. Passage was important to clean energy advocates as an essential step away from fossil fuels and towards renewable sources, such as solar energy. Governor Sununu vetoed this bill.
In his 2019 Inaugural Address, the Governor, spoke of ”...renewable energy initiatives...” in one breath but blamed those trying to implement them for voting ”...for legislation that raises rates and burdens our citizens,” also his rationale for the SB 168 veto. In 2017, a state Public Utilities Commission ruling found no evidence of a cost-shift from solar generators to ratepayers. Pitting short-term costs against long-term benefits to New Hampshire citizens is a favorite Sununu tactic for fogging issues, but will not provide solutions to high energy costs or the development of alternative energy resources. To hedge climate issues by appealing to his conservative base is to invite future environmental disaster. We need to turn back the Governor’s retro-environmental policies in the legislature and at the polls in 2020.
Sununu is extreme
To the Editor: Governor Sununu has taken to calling New Hampshire Democrats “extremists,” even as he criss-crosses the state claiming credit for one of their biggest achievements this year: increased state funding for public schools.
Yet a look at the governor’s record reveals that he’s the one who’s extreme.
Not only did the governor vehemently oppose the desperately needed school funding increases that he now takes credit for, he actually supports a constitutional amendment removing state responsibility for public education altogether.
On the environment, despite the overwhelming consensus of climate scientists, Sununu refuses to even acknowledge the human contribution to climate change, much less work toward solutions.
According to a WMUR poll, 84% of Granite Staters want strengthened background checks on firearm sales. Are they extreme, or is Gov. Sununu, who vetoed a bipartisan bill to do just that?
I am sad to report that Gov. Sununu is now officially inaugurated into the Voter Suppression Hall of Shame.
Let America Vote, based in Washington, D.C., monitors efforts by politicians to suppress voters throughout the country.
New Hampshire has the dubious distinction of having our governor inaugurated into their Hall of Shame for his efforts to impede free and fair elections in our state.
Our governor vetoed bills with bipartisan support that would have established an independent redistricting commission to end gerrymandering. He vetoed bills that would have protected the votes of college students, ended poll taxes for students, improved campaign finance reform and added greater transparency to our elections.
I am disappointed be represented by a governor in the Voter Suppression Hall of Fame. Surely New Hampshire can do better.
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