[ exact phrase in "" ]

[ Google-powered ]

LOCATION/TYPE

News Home
Archive
RSS

Subscribe to RSS feed

Add NWW headlines to your site (click here)

Sign up for daily updates

Keep Wind Watch online and independent!

Selected Documents

All Documents

Research Links

Alerts

Press Releases

FAQs

Publications & Products

Photos & Graphics

Videos

Allied Groups

Iberdrola undermines democracy  

Credit:  Brattleboro Reformer | November 4, 2016 | www.reformer.com ~~

Iberdrola, a multi-billion, scandal-ridden company based in Spain, has said that it will abide by an election referendum on its 24- tower wind turbine project in Windham and Grafton. But when the winds began to blow against Iberdrola, it decided to rig the election by literally bribing voters with individual cash payments of $1,125 per year to the residents of Windham, and $427 per year to the residents of Grafton. Even though Iberdrola claims that it is simply responding to the will of the voters, as the old saying goes, “You can put lipstick on a pig, but it is still a pig.” It is mystifying that the Vermont Secretary of State and Attorney General have judged this blatant vote-buying scheme to be legal, which goes against all sense of common decency, if not the technical rule of the law. We complain about Citizens United and big money corrupting our politics, yet here we have a corporation brazenly buying an election, not just trying to influence voters through advertising. If any candidate for local or state-wide office were to do the same, there would be widespread public outcry.

This now goes beyond simply a debate over wind power development on our ridgelines; it concerns the very principles of our democracy itself. Of course, we all accept that climate change is real and that something must be done about it. But not all renewable energy projects – particularly wind – are appropriately sited. Putting 500-foot tall towers on the top of a mountain has impacts that go well beyond those of projects sited offshore or on windy plains. Roads must be built, mountaintops blasted, and forests clear-cut in order to place towers taller than the Statute of Liberty on our ridgelines. This is hardly a “clean” or “environmentally friendly” project, but one that will devastate the mountaintop ecology cherished by, and vital to, animals and humans alike. Meanwhile, Iberdrola is clearly motivated not by any charitable desire to help the environment, but by millions of dollars in potential subsidies and profits.

I urge the voters of Windham and Grafton to vote “no” on this referendum and send a message that our democracy, and our mountains, cannot be bought.

John Aberth,

Roxbury, Oct. 31

Source:  Brattleboro Reformer | November 4, 2016 | www.reformer.com

This article is the work of the source indicated. Any opinions expressed in it are not necessarily those of National Wind Watch.

Wind Watch relies entirely
on User contributions

Share:


« Later PostNews Watch HomeEarlier Post »

Get the Facts Follow Wind Watch on Twitter

Wind Watch on Facebook

Share

CONTACT DONATE PRIVACY ABOUT SEARCH
© National Wind Watch, Inc.
Use of copyrighted material adheres to Fair Use.
"Wind Watch" is a registered trademark.
Formerly at windwatch.org.

HOME
Follow Wind Watch on Twitter

Wind Watch on Facebook

Share