In his editorial, Nov. 16, Rex Rhoades thinks that the election of Angus King shows that Mainers are pro-wind power, even in Roxbury.
Actually, what his election shows is that King’s timing in entering the race caused many otherwise viable candidates to pull out. Remember “Run, Chellie, Run”?
Most of the Democrats I spoke to voted for King because it was the only way they could see to keep the seat from going Republican. And the weak Democratic candidate was pro-wind, too, remember?
I don’t know why Roxbury voted for King; maybe they are mostly Democrats. I doubt that it was because they just love their free electricity, which comes at a very high cost. One of those costs is the fact that houses in impacted neighborhoods become very hard to sell.
I see a real opportunity here for Rhoades and any of his friends who might be happy to join him in living in a formerly-rural area turned industrial development with free electricity.
Why don’t Rhoades, King, etc., push for turbines in their own neighborhoods? They could have the perks without having to move. Instead they support siting turbines in rural Maine and then sneer at the homeowners who try to fight it.
If the turbines were near Portland or Augusta or, better yet, Boston, we could all save on the enormous financial and environmental costs of running high-voltage power lines all over Maine’s landscape. And the people in those places could see how much they like them.
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