The sponsors of House Bill 1078 and Senate Bill 566 should be ashamed of their attempt to allow wind developers to circumvent the Public Service Commission’s (PSC) review process.
If enacted, the people most affected by these massive developments would effectively lose their rights of notification and the opportunity to be heard. Environmental, historic, economic and other such reviews would no longer be required.
Beyond the blatant disregard for public participation and regulatory review of industrial development are the following sleaze factors: The bills were quietly introduced at the last moment; the respective committee hearings were held simultaneously, potentially diluting opposition; Wayne Rogers, former chair of the Maryland Democratic Central Committee, who seeks to profit personally from the measures as a wind developer, Senate President Mike Miller and prominent wind lobbyist Cas Taylor are long-time political associates. Moreover, the new governor has named Wayne Rogers to head his energy transition team, aware that Rogers has a personal financial stake in wind energy – and thus, a conflict of interest.
All this despite being aware of the fact that industrial wind technology will do nothing to replace conventional generation and virtually nothing to avoid carbon emissions.
The stench from this is palpable, drifting all the way to Garrett County. Thanks to Sen. Edwards and Delegate Beitzel, who have both gone on record as opposing these putrid bills.
Kimberly A. Connaughton, Oakland
11 March 2007
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