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In favor of green power, but not greed power  

Credit:  www.onlinesentinel.com 8 August 2011 ~~

Although George Smith and I are on opposite sides politically, I share his love of Maine and often agree with his position.

In a recent column, “Industrial sites, wind towers? Pah! Anglers go where the fish are” (July 20), Smith said fishermen still will come to Maine to fish, even if they are surrounded by wind turbines.

How anyone could ignore something 410 feet high is beyond me. These turbines, however, are far more than visual eyesores: They are permanent scars on our mountainous landscapes.

According to the movie “Windfall” (which I saw at Maine International Film Festival), financial greed, not green power, is the basis for wind’s projected increase.

I’m all for renewable energy; I’m just not in favor of sacrificing so much for so little.

The push for wind power is based on the owner’s desire to take advantage of multiple incentives being currently offered. Incentives paid for by us, the consumers.

In 20 years, when these turbines become obsolete, we’ll be left not only with these ugly monstrosities, but also with an irreparable loss of habitat. Along with my concern for the environment is a worry for nearby residents who will have to live with both the vibration and the flicker from these 130-foot-long blades. Concerned residents need to speak out in favor of green power and in opposition to greed power.

Linda Woods

Oakland

Source:  www.onlinesentinel.com 8 August 2011

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