I am about to break a life-long pledge not to get involved in politics except for voting. Vermont is at a crossroads in terms of formulating an energy plan for our state. We can continue with the haphazard, irresponsible approach led by Gov. Shumlin and the big-money industrial wind lobbyists or we can begin a more thoughtful, studied approach that will investigate renewable energy sources that are a better fit for Vermont.
Like most Vermonters, I am interested in renewable energy. And like most people in the Northeast Kingdom, I am horrified at the destruction of our ridgelines and the negative impacts on wildlife habitat and people caused by industrial wind turbines. I have also felt helpless in knowing what I can do.
Fellow Vermonters, we now have a chance to do something to stop the further installation of industrial wind turbines and that is to vote in the August 9th primary for one of the three gubernatorial candidates who have announced their opposition to industrial wind: Peter Galbraith—Democrat; Bruce Lisman and Phil Scott—Republicans.
This election is a crucial one for the future of our state. Worldwide, people are finding out that there are more negative consequences to industrial wind turbines than previously thought. They are also discovering that industrial turbines are not cost effective in making electricity. We must act now.
Both Republicans (Lisman and Scott) are against industrial wind, but the only Democrat against industrial wind is Peter Galbraith. Ideally he will win the nomination on the Democratic side, resulting in two good choices in November.
So, now more than ever, your vote counts! Please go to the polls on Tuesday, Aug. 9, and encourage your family and friends to do the same. Here is our chance to do something to protect our ridgelines, protect our wildlife, protect our fellow Vermonters and do what is best for the beautiful state of Vermont that we love.
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