Former Oxford Hills, Turner, and Lewiston resident. Still interested in the area.
I grew up on a farm in northeastern Maine and remember how incredible those dark skies were, year round, with the addition of the delightful splash of the Northern Lights. Alas, less than a mile from my boyhood farm, 7 miles of ridges were blasted away and now an array of huge ugly wind turbines of the Rollins Wind project light the night sky with their required aviation warning lights. It is the same now for Acadia, as across Frenchman's Bay, clearly in view of this national treasure is the Bull Hill array of 479 ft tall wind turbines with the red aviation lights. Even worse, more are being constructed clearly within sight of the park and soon to be on the doorstep of Baxter State Park according to plans by First Wind. This evil, greedy company developed both of these wind projects. They do not care about destroying Maine's natural resources or scenic vistas, the dark skies included. All they care about is reaping taxpayer subsidies and selling Enron-inspired RECs.
There is a huge value to the dark night skies. If the onslaught of industrial wind turbines in Maine continues, there will be hundreds of miles of destroyed Maine uplands with thousands of wind turbines that ruin the scenic values both day and night. The brilliant night skies will bring tourists to Maine and have a greater economic impact than wind turbines we don't need. Maine should become a designated "Dark Sky Sanctuary", something that helps define Kejimkujik National Park in Nova Scotia.
Isn't it convenient for you to live in Auburn and support the destruction of our beautiful rural landscapes, permanent disfiguring of millenia old mountain ridges, and have no understanding of the effects of relentless noise and LF emanating from wind turbines, which have their own unique sound character much different than the noise you put up with in an urban setting.
Your ignorant support of wind power is shown by your completely unfounded statements #2 & 3. Get your facts correct and when making misleading statements, provide credible references.
Your last statement is the typical red herring thrown out by supporters of wind power. It is a well established principle that there is an over-riding public interest in regulating land use. Massive turbines built over sprawling sites are out of scale and out of place in undeveloped regions, degrade the environment, impact people's health and property values, diminish important segments of the $10 billion per year tourism, and will drive up electricity costs. Yes, Jason, there are numerous public interests in land use for the wind industry.
Jason, I agree that choosing an analogy to child molesters was a poor choice. People do get carried away with feelings. Having said that, I agree totally with the post.
Industrial wind power is a despicable scam. We are destroying our beautiful state for a folly that doesn't work and taxpayers are lining the pockets of the scamsters and this useless source of expensive electricity will drive electricity bills sky high if we are ever foolish enough to allow the various state arbitrary RPS to be realized. Seabrook is the largest single source of electricity generated within ISO New England, at 1400 MW. It will take roughly 2,000 wind turbines (3 MW each @ 25% capacity factor) to make up the MW that we get from Seabrook. I hope you get a turbine in your backyard and the noise drives you crazy and the LF sound waves make your home uninhabitable. Then maybe you will decide wind power is despicable.