Industrial Wind Turbines are the hot topic these days. Everyone wants to be ‘green,’ and developers and politicians are taking advantage to line their own pockets. Our Maine Mountains are falling, one by one, as more and more Industrial Wind Projects are pushed through, with promises of cheap, clean power, and jobs and money for all.
Thankfully, Mainers are starting to wake up and learn the facts. They are learning that Industrial Wind is not ‘green,’ but rather, that it destroys habitat and removes carbon sequestering trees and vegetation, and due to the fact that coal and gas plants must be kept online [at pollution producing ‘idle’ settings] as backup for the unreliable wind, it can actually increase greenhouse gas emissions.
They are learning that there is no possible way that Industrial Wind will ever ‘get us off of foreign oil,’ as is so often claimed by unscrupulous politicians.
They are learning that the promised jobs often don’t appear, and those that do, are temporary. They are learning that their electric bills, according to a permit recently granted to CMP, will actually go up to pay for the infrastructure that comes with Industrial Wind. The promised [short term] tax relief is more than offset by the reduced property values of those forced to live under the Turbines, the reduced quality of life for all nearby residents who have to look and listen to them, and the lost jobs that come as tourists start to stay away, and as increased electricity prices drive away more and more businesses. This is before you even take into account the fact that up to 60% of each project is paid for with our tax dollars.
The only thing ‘green’ about Industrial Wind is the taxpayer dollars lining the pockets of the developers and their politician friends.
But Mainers are learning, and they are speaking out. It won’t be long before the call for a statewide moratorium on this destructive and deceptive scam reaches a level that even our politicians in Augusta can’t ignore.
In the mean time, we must keep fighting, keep spreading the truth, and believe that come November, those who abuse their power to swindle our Citizens and destroy our Mountains, will be looking for new jobs.
David P. Corrigan
Registered Maine Master Guide
Concord Township, Maine