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No sympathy for Blittersdorf  

Credit:  Seven Days | www.7dvt.com 12 September 2012 ~~

Cry me a river [“Chittenden County’s First Wind Project Is Small, Local and, of Course, Generating Opposition,” September 5]! Poor David Blittersdorf’s dream of Vermont being energy independent has a slim chance of driving him bankrupt, and we are supposed to feel sorry for him? How about the dreams of all the people who chose to call Georgia Mountain home, only to have those dreams become a living hell due to Blittersdorf and the Harrisons? Is this what makes Vermonters special, their ability to ruin the lives of their neighbors to fulfill boyhood dreams and profit opportunities?

Any environmentalist who supports big wind in Vermont is a hypocrite. The Georgia project is an environmental disaster. The mountaintop has been totally reconstructed to accommodate an inefficient source of energy. There is now a road up the side of the mountain as wide as a two-lane highway. Not to mention the carbon this project is producing. Yet no environmental organization in Vermont will dare speak out. Blittersdorf practically owns VPIRG. He’s got a government he helped pay for. Yet he wants our pity?

Here’s an idea: If these developers are really not in this for the money, why don’t they funnel all profits into residential green energy systems for those who live on Georgia Mountain? This would support Blittersdorf’s goals and the Harrison’s stated goal of leaving a cleaner environment for the children. And it will cause no additional environmental destruction. Of course, this might mean Blittersdorf has to talk to the residents instead of having his lawyers sue them for using their own property. So that will never happen.

Andy Thompson

Source:  Seven Days | www.7dvt.com 12 September 2012

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