I’m responding to the editorial, “Basic questions about wind power still unresolved” published in MaineToday Media’s daily newspapers on May 4.
MTM: “(O)pponents of wind power are no doubt celebrating…”
We are not. We recognize that Highland Wind is gaming the system. The developers appreciate the expedited wind law when it works in their favor, but that abbreviated time-frame proved to be a bane when the Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife challenged the project.
Lest anyone think that report came as a surprise to the developers, the IFW report states it consulted on this project since 2007. “Despite considerable discussions and previous project modifications, an array of concerns remain unresolved…”
MTM: “They are not cheering because they love the Roaring Brook mayfly, or are appreciators of the northern bog lemming…”
The editorial board surely realizes that many other species are affected every time one is endangered or lost. They trivialize a mayfly – but that species has thus far been found only in Maine.
MTM: “(O)pposition has come from people who don’t want to look at tall white towers and rotating turbines…”
Such statements have one purpose: to turn public opinion against opponents of industrial wind and to belittle us as selfish elitists who put our ‘back yard’ view above other, more important issues.
A view has value; real estate with gorgeous vistas command higher prices on the market and in towns’ assessment books.
“Views” are an integral part of Maine’s celebrated “quality of place,” and their value brings billions of tourism dollars to our state’s economy.
Those issues, however, are only a fragment of the whole story. Readers should do independent research into Maine’s wind energy plan.
MaineToday Media doesn’t appear interested in the truth, but in throwing its weight behind the industrial wind lobby.
Karen Bessey Pease
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