I would like to thank LURC for taking the first step to deny First Wind’s 27-turbine Bowers Mountain project northwest of Grand Lakes Stream.
Tourism has propped Maine up for well over a century and will continue to do so only as long as we remain responsible stewards of this beautiful state. Before we sacrifice our mountains and ridge lines to industrialization, Mainers deserve to see some real scientific proof that industrial wind will provide cheap reliable power, reduce CO2 levels and wean us off foreign oil.
If money is truly the top concern – not people’s health, not property values, not the killing of wildlife, not climate change, not whether there is any benefit to us as a society – why jeopardize the 170,000 full-time jobs and $10 billion in goods and services that tourism currently provides?
Stick to your guns, LURC, and we’ll stand behind you to protect Maine’s quality of place for future generations as well as our long-term economic prosperity.