I would like to respond to the “Our Opinion” piece published on May 4 by MaineToday Media Inc. concerning wind power.
In our discussions about the environment, we need to address more concerns than just the hot-button issue of climate change.
Although climate change is a major issue, so are many other environmental concerns, not the least of which is biodiversity.
Biodiversity describes the interdependence of all of Earth’s species on one another, the demise of any one of which might ultimately lead to our own extinction.
To dismiss the importance of the mayfly or the lemming might be as serious a mistake as not addressing the issue of climate change in the most practical way possible.
Unfortunately, industrial wind energy is one of the most inefficient and impractical means of dealing with the problem of climate change. That, combined with the substantial damage that these industrial wind developments do to other facets of the environment, makes them a poor choice when considering our options.
Why are the developers’ concerns of greater importance than those of the people who derive their livelihoods from the tourism-attracting qualities of our environment that would be diminished or destroyed by these developments?
Given the limited numbers of jobs created by these developments, we would be better served by protecting the long-term opportunities that now exist because of the pristine, unspoiled conditions found in many of our mountainous regions.
MaineToday Media does us all a disservice when it takes a biased position about a subject of this importance and prints opinions that blatantly reflect that bias. I hope that it will take a more appropriate and balanced position on this controversy in future publications.
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