Quebec Ink

Hydro-Québec’s green-energy ambitions collide with U.S. political realities

MONTREAL — Hydro-Québec’s latest gambit to turn Quebec into a carbon-neutral power source for a chunk of the continent is a reminder that the public utility is as much a symbol of green pride for the province as it is a producer of power. While much of the planet burns coal, futzes about with expensive nuclear power or shivers in the dark because the wind stopped blowing—hello, Europe!—the gigawatts its dams churn out are reliable and clean.

Weird, then, to see a brand so cherished at home described abroad as part of a dark-money cabal bent on deceiving the good people of Maine and desecrating a pristine bit of the state’s western forests.

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