The hospitality and tourism industry has been strangely silent about the impending devastation to Maine's "Quality of Place" at the hands of the wind industry. Ms. Gray's thoughtful piece hopefully is the first cry in what will become a load roar from tourism dependent businesses throughout the state.
The Harraseekett Inn is one of the most prestigous hotels in the state, and was named one of the top 500 hotels in the world by Travel and Leisure magazine in 2010. When the Harraseekett Inn talks, the legislature should listen.
A bill calling for a moratorium on wind development has been proposed by Rep. Larry Dunfee. Putting the brakes on wind power in Maine's mountains until the impacts that were ignored by the former governor and his expedited wind law can be fully examined is the right thing to do. Please call you legislators and tell them to support the wind power moratorium bill.
How is it possible to exaggerate the negative effects of the cumulative impact of 2700 MW of wind turbines? To reach this goal will require anywhere from 1400 to 1800 monstrous, strobe lit, arm waving machines towering over 360 miles of Maine's precious wild mountain landscapes. And its not like the wind industry will stop at 2700 MW. At that point all resistance will have disappeared and mountains will continue to be assaulted until every possible ridge is occupied by turbines.
Maine as we know it is on the verge of being destroyed by the wind industry, and people who think this is the right thing to do are either in bed with the industry, care only about paltry short term benefits without a second thought to the value of Maine's majestic mountains, or are simply ignorant of the facts and believe that wind turbines will solve some make believe crisis.
While Maine is saving the planet with 2700 MW of wind power, China will build 750,000 MW of coal burning power plants, importing much of the coal from the US. That fact should hit people like a 2x4 upside the head if they would only stop and think about it for two seconds. Maine is flushing itself down the toilet with wind power.
The wind turbine invasion will undoubtedly come to be seen as the worst mistake in Maine's history unless immediate steps are taken to stop it. Saddleback is just one of dozens of projects announced for the western mountains.
Turbines are planned for Roxbury, Byron, Rumford, Dixfield, Canton, Woodstock, Temple, Sumner, Buckfield, Newry, Bethel, Reddington, Sisk Mountain, Highland Plantation, Bingham, Lexington, Moscow. The state is under seige by the wind industry, thanks to former governor Baldacci and his genuflecting legislature. The current administration and newly elected legislature are well positioned to listen to the valid arguments of wind power opponents.
Citizens must make themselves heard over the din of wind power's false prophets - the power brokers who have masterminded this fiasco - Angus King being a prime example. Likewise, NRCM has abandoned its mission to protect Maine's environment and now talks illogically and hypocritically about supporting the wind industry while safeguarding Maine's "Quality of Place". NRCM, you can't have it both ways.