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Are you aware of these facts about GMP’s wind projects?

About Green Mountain Power’s wind project on the Lowell Mountains in particular and the attempt to turn the State of Vermont into a wind farm in general …

Do people know:

— that wind power from Green Mountain Power’s wind project legally can and will go out of state.

— that Green Mountain Power helped to finance Gov. Shumlin’s election.

— that an advisor to Gov. Shumlin wants to put giant wind turbines on 200 miles of Vermont ridge lines (David Blittersdorf, who made his fortune selling wind turbine parts).

— that Green Mountain Power is a wholly owned Canadian corporation – and will rake in some $40 million in federal production tax credits on its Lowell project.

— that wind companies target low income towns like Sheffield and Lowell – the bait is the promise of lowered property taxes. But visual pollution is the result for neighboring towns – who are treated to red-night-lighted, daylight waving arms surrounding them. Take a look at Sheffield’s shattered skyline. You can see it from many different towns, including Interstate 91.

— that it isn’t necessary for Vermonters to sell their wilderness birthright for a mess of pottage – for just one instance, Hydro-Quebec sits there with enough excess energy to supply Vermont forever.

— that a three-man Public Service Board (only one of whom is full-time) is deciding Vermont’s wind farm fate. And so far they have yet to encounter a wind corporation they didn’t like. Their decisions “in the public’s interest” are, rather, in a wind corporation’s interest.

— that wilderness is a form of freedom and out-of-state wind companies, for the sake of profit, aim to put that freedom in chains.

Addison Merrick
Craftsbury, Vt.