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Environmentalists silent on wind threat  

Credit:  Portland Press Herald | July 31, 2013 | www.pressherald.com ~~

It is interesting that after more than a century of damming our rivers for hydropower, we are now restoring these rivers. The removal of the Veazie dam is just one example of the efforts new being made so fish can once again swim upstream to spawn.

More than a century ago, when these dams were being built to power our industries, no thought was given to the impact the dams would have on nature.

We are again in that same situation. “Renewable” energy is the current buzzword for exploiting our mountains and devastating the wildlife that depend on those mountains for their very existence.

Environmentalists have long decried clear-cut methods of the logging industry (to the point where other methods have been adopted). Yet nary is a word heard from these individuals and groups when multinational developers propose massive wind farms that clear-cut the tops of our most precious natural resources and blast access roads to permit the hauling of the monster windmills to the top.

Where will we be a century from now when these giants are rusting hulks of a bygone era? How many billions will we be forced to spend to remove these unsightly giants? And how do we restore the mountains to their original condition so the wildlife might, once again, roam unimpeded?

William Chapman

Source:  Portland Press Herald | July 31, 2013 | www.pressherald.com

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