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Wilderness is a form of freedom, power companies aim to put it in chains  

Credit:  The Chronicle, 25 January 2012 ~~

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 Governor Shumlin’s election?

— That an adviser to Governor Shumlin wants to put giant wind turbines on 200 miles of Vermont ridgelines (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 forty million dollars 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 towns, and from Interstate 91.

— That it isn’t necessary for Vermonters to sell their wilderness birthright for a mess of potage? 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 in a wind corporation’s interest, rather.

— 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?

Yours truly,

Addison Merrick
Craftsbury

Source:  The Chronicle, 25 January 2012

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