I have now dropped two memberships of the four environmental organizations voicing support for industrial wind towers on Bowers Mountain. Rather than expressing a commitment to Maine’s “brand” of clean, scenic tourist attractions, they are endorsing industrialization of nine lakes designated as “scenic resources of state or national significance.”
Environment Maine, Natural Resources Council of Maine, Maine Audubon and Sierra Club Maine are actively working to support First Wind’s permit to construct 16 towers. These groups appeared to me to be early supporters of industrial wind before all the facts of the detrimental effects on scenery and wildlife and the financial viability of wind were known.
Now, I believe the well-intentioned environmental groups are on the wrong side of history. The most important issue now is they are compounding a poor decision to support industrial wind, by testifying on April 30 before the Maine Department of Environmental Protection, in support of the Bowers permit.
Unfortunately for all of us, the courage needed to publicly recognize their error may be insurmountable. History is full of examples of good intentions gone awry.
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