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Industrial wind and ‘predators of the sky’ – how ironic 

Credit:  Laconia Citizen | May 03, 2015 | thecitizen.villagesoup.com ~~

Iberdrola Renewables, a foreign, for-profit corporation in the business of developing industrial wind projects all over the world has sponsored “Predators of the Sky” at the Squam Lakes Natural Science Center in Holderness. Whether the Science Center is aware of it or not, they have accepted monies from a corporation that kills and maims “predators of the sky” and then sponsors a program that rehabilitates the very creatures their projects are responsible for killing and maiming. How ironic.

Iberdrola Renewables has targeted the ridgelines of New Hampshire for industrial wind projects for a number of years now. They own and operate Groton Wind and the project in Lempster.

Industrial wind projects are documented to kill and maim “predators of the sky” that are known to use thermal drafts for hunting and then often come into contact with the turbine blades. This is acknowledged as collateral damage.

Industrial wind turbine developers can apply for a permit to legally “take” (meaning to maim or kill without penalty), protected birds such as those rehabilitated through the Squam Lakes Natural Science Center.

Does Iberdrola Renewables think that by sponsoring such a program that it would improve their public relations with the people of New Hampshire? Is this their way of justifying the killing and maiming of “predators of the sky” here in our state?

Maybe this kind of ironic sponsorship looks good to Iberdrola’s stakeholders, investors, our legislators, or even the Squam Lakes Natural Science Center, but don’t let it fool you! It is as though Iberdrola Renewables is attempting to justify the killing and maiming of these amazing predators by sponsoring a program that would rehabilitate them. The problem is that you cannot rehabilitate the dead ones.

CARE Group (Citizens of Alexandria Rights Effort) is a local nonprofit organization of resident volunteers providing education to the Newfound-Cardigan region about local, community self-government and empowering the citizens of Alexandria to protect the health, safety and welfare of its residents and ecosystems.

Participants of CARE Group petitioned for a Community Bill of Rights Ordinance (RBO) in 2014 to protect the health, safety and welfare of the residents and ecosystems of Alexandria by prohibiting the siting of industrial wind projects within the town. After continued bullying from industrial wind developers, participants of CARE Group petitioned another RBO in 2015 to further protect residents and our ecosystem to include the prohibition of exploratory data collecting necessary for industrial wind developers to test the viability of a project. Each of these Community Bills of Rights passed by margins of 3 to 1.

CARE Group can be contacted by email at: CAREgroupNH@gmail. com, or join us on Facebook – CARE Group.

Michelle Sanborn

President of CARE Group,


Source:  Laconia Citizen | May 03, 2015 | thecitizen.villagesoup.com

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