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.