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Is no place sacred? Big Wind is coming to Thoreau Country  

Credit:  The Maine Woods | A Publication of the Forest Ecology Network | Volume Fifteen, Number One | Spring 2015 | forestecologynetwork.org ~~

First Wind (now Sun Edison) has applied for meteorological (wind testing) towers for Misery Ridge in Somerset County, just a few miles from the shore of Moosehead Lake. Maine’s Department of Environmental Protection has to approve the “met towers”

What does this mean? They want to build a wind project there. They’ll have to measure and analyze the wind data for at least a year before they apply for a wind project permit, but you need to mobilize now.

Moosehead: Pristine. North Woods. Gorgeous. Black at night. Thoreau.

Where Winnepesaukee and Sebago folks won’t go. Too many bugs. Too far to drive. No WalMarts.

A few years ago most of us were OK violating Maine to save the planet. But now we know how this wind energy fad doesn’t move the needle and it costs taxpayers and ratepayers billions.

Look at the map again. It’s straight across Moosehead Lake from Lily Bay.

Too many Mainers have waited too long to act. Too many communities have sat back while Big Wind’s advance-people infiltrate the locals. The wind weasels put on their shiny Bean Boots and starched barn jackets. They leave their BMWs in Portland and they drive their rented Ford F-150s to the North Country to make deals with landowners and selectmen eager to enhance municipal revenues.

This is not fiction. It’s real drama. And it’s tragedy.

Look at this map and imagine sitting on the beach at Lily Bay State Park. Beaver Cove. Blair Hill, Spencer Bay. Norheast Carry. Kineo, Brassua…

Black flies, waves lapping the shore, black water and starry sky looking exactly like it did when Henry and Joe paddled there 160 years ago.

But wait. Who the heck moved LaGuardia airport up here to the North Woods??? The red lights flashing
across the black Moosehead horizon make it look more like Canobie Lake State Park than Lily Bay State Park.

You get the (ugly) picture. If industrial wind energy was capable of putting a dent in fossil fuel use…if it could actually do something to get us off oil…if wind could reduce our electricity costs…we might tolerate and even welcome its Prudential Tower-sized intrusion on Maine’s Quality of Place, on our North Woods. So that Massachusetts can feel good about its profligate energy usage.

But Big Wind is unnecessary, unaffordable, unsustainable, and useless.

So ask your self this:

Will you allow Moosehead to be violated by a massive industrial complex that adds a tiny fraction of 1%
new electricity to the grid? Which we don’t need!

If you love the North Woods, it you love Moosehead, if you love Maine


What is YOUR message to Big Wind?

Source:  The Maine Woods | A Publication of the Forest Ecology Network | Volume Fifteen, Number One | Spring 2015 | forestecologynetwork.org

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