should be the same for all Mainers. It makes no sense to deny a certain segment while allowing others to have a say. It used to be called discrimination, I believe. Now with Communication Experts and Public Relations pros playing word games and lobbying , the meaning of the word is twisted or lost. It is wrong and bad for Maine, despite what pro-industry wags claim. Just because ANY industry comes to Maine throwing lots money around does not mean they deserve preferential treatment. LD 616 is about fairness when all is said and done.
More effort should be spent on energy reduction and efficiency with new technology to clean fossil fuel emissions. Has anyone studied the new nuke technology? It must be light years ahead of the Fukoshima stone age designs. Many engineers say the country will be covered with windsprawl and they still cannot replace base load generation. Trans Canada claims wind power is not intended for base load generation. Why is the state so willing to throw away our quality of place? The wind lawyers' arguments are weak at best and the BEP must want the easiest and quickest way out for themselves to believe such balderdash. If they are not willing to put in the time like the DEP did they should not have accepted their positions. Long term contracts for energy is a license to steal from the consumers.
A citizen board with no time spent in the area like the DEP made an uninformed decision to override the DEP and approve a project with adverse scenic impact on Saponac Lake and the entire region. Where they just tired of listening to the fancy wind lawyers spouting the same old lines? The BEP will give the rubber stamp to any and all wind projects now. I wonder how they would vote if the next project was near them? If the BEP is not going to listen to the DEP, then they need to attend the public hearings and study the citizen complaints not just loaf around southern Maine until it is time to approve anything the wind industry wants. Do these people ever get outside?