“Matt Simmons was an innovative thinker who pushed ideas that have the potential to yield a more environmentally and economically sustainable future for Maine and the world,” Baldacci said. “I visited Matt and his team last month and thanked them for their partnership with the state as we aggressively build an independent energy future for Maine."
U.S. Rep. Chellie Pingree had this to say:
"Matt was a neighbor and a friend and the news of his passing is profoundly sad. Matt was a visionary, a man of ideas and an outspoken advocate for the things he believed in. He was dedicated to making Maine a leader in offshore wind energy and made significant contributions to life in the midcoast."In addition to being one of the most prominent voices in the peak oil debate, Simmons also maintained that the BP video feed of the spewing Gulf of Mexico pipe was a diversionary tactic--that the actual pipe doing the damage was miles away and BP was presenting a rosier picture to the public than actually existed. And the video we saw was not pretty, to say the least.Bill Simmons was 67 years old.