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Credit:  Bangor Daily News, bangordailynews.com 20 May 2011 ~~

Are we looking at the big picture, considering the proposals for wind power in the Highland Mountains? Are we trying to “kill the goose that lays the golden egg?”

I am not a resident of Highland Plantation. However, my grandfather lived, labored, built, married, raised his family and now rests in the shadow of the Highland Mountains. I believe that he would be appalled at the thought of ravaging those mountains for a project producing very minimal benefit to anyone except a few developers. I believe that he would be more appalled to know that the U.S. Congress is considering raising the national debt limit above $14.3 trillion.

Without federal subsidies, the Highland Wind project would be unthinkable. Those subsidies are part of that national debt, I believe.

We are told that this project is to secure our future. How can that be, when it is not cost-effective and could not even be considered without taxpayer dollars? How can that be, when on its own the real cost of power from this proposed project cannot compete with other sources of power?

I listened as co-developer Rob Gardner said “some people think those wind towers are majestic.” I believe that my grandfather would be of the opinion that those mountains are majestic enough just as God made them.

Charles E. Hall

Lisbon Falls

Source:  Bangor Daily News, bangordailynews.com 20 May 2011

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