Ellsworth American Editorial Blasts Wind Power Development in Maine

The Ellsworth American Newspaper clearly understands the issues regarding the proliferating wind scourge in Maine.  Its good they do, as the stretch of small mountains and ridges along Maine's remote Downeast Coastal region are targeted for heavy wind power development following theBull Hill project.  The problem is all this region consists of Unorganized Territories and tiny towns and plantations all enveloped by the heinous Expedited Wind Permitting Zone.

Here is an excellent quote from this editorial:

"Notwithstanding the rosy and patently false picture painted by wind farm developers and their supporters, the costs and impacts of hundreds of land-based industrial wind turbines vastly exceed the minimal benefits. And despite all the hype, it remains likely that wind never will be more than a marginal supplier of electricity."

Click here for the link:

http://www.ellsworthamerican.com/opinions/editorials/another-reason...

Here are photos I took of the Bull Hill project, which is clearly visible from Acadia National Park, sits practically on top of the Donnell Pond Public Reserved Land and has ruined the inland view of iconic Schoodic Mt., which was also preserved by Land for Maine's Future fund.

Bull Hill wind turbines and the mountains of Acadia National Park in the distance.

This is now the inland view from the summit of Schoodic Mt.

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Comment by Monique Aniel Thurston on July 4, 2015 at 4:20pm

  Agree with you John Frary . Ignoring the facts that are thrown at Mainers' s  faces every time a project is coming online .....can only go so far .

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Comment by Monique Aniel Thurston on July 4, 2015 at 4:11pm

Thank you to the Ellsworth American !!!!

The scandal which is wind power in Maine has reached a level of disgrace that a commission comprised of citizens, DEP, LUPC, PUC commissioners,  legislators, Governor representatives, MUST be gathered  to analyze the genesis of this monstrosity involving false advertising of doomsday scenarios, cajoling of local officials, use and abuse of a terrible property tax situation created by the reckless spending of Angus King and his successor John Baldacci which brought to their knees many small towns in Maine in desperate need  of revenues.  

Also there is a need to chronicle the manipulation and mental abuse of small town residents who were lead to believe that if they accepted 500 foot tall machines on their mountains they would save the planet and end the war in Iraq, and the misuse of power of public officials who ignored the voices of dissent as they  perpetrated this mental abuse.  What allowed the imposition of a fascist  Wind Law entirely written by the lawyers of the wind industry and blessed and voted without discussion by an entire Legislature whose critical thinking disappeared entirely in 2008 either mesmerized by a powerful propaganda or threatened or compensated with jobs by the wind industry.  The wind law annihilated respect for the value of Maine's scenic treasures with no other reason than Maine must be sacrificed to save the planet and prevent the mass exodus of Maine's population, a total lie which was never challenged by lawmakers or the media , even though many of us requested a rational explanation behind that claim.

Many of the folks who had a hand in the creation of Maine's "windustry" either had jobs with the industry, or have moved from government positions into wind industry jobs. An investigation is sorely needed as Maine continues to be raped and sacrificed at the altar of almighty wind. Sooner or later this will happen, and despite lack of reporting by the media,  this story is well documented and safely stored.      

Comment by Eric A. Tuttle on July 4, 2015 at 2:36pm

BTW that from Dunphy was in the comment section of the article, if you missed it.

Comment by Eric A. Tuttle on July 4, 2015 at 2:35pm

They (EUT) are tired of this Onslaught also. Higgins, Dunphy and a few more probably. Now to get control of the PUC, which listens to the utility companies. We have already exceeded our first goal required by the Feds.... Time to put a chokehold on the Law that allows this in Maine. 

Comment by John Frary on July 4, 2015 at 2:26pm

The Ellsworth American is the state's best newspaper.  I've heard that it has been eating away at the BDN's advertisers.  We must hope that is annihilates it.

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Maine Center For Public Interest Reporting – Three Part Series: A CRITICAL LOOK AT MAINE’S WIND ACT (excerpts) From Part 1 – On Maine’s Wind Law “Once the committee passed the wind energy bill on to the full House and Senate, lawmakers there didn’t even debate it. They passed it unanimously and with no discussion. House Majority Leader Hannah Pingree, a Democrat from North Haven, says legislators probably didn’t know how many turbines would be constructed in Maine if the law’s goals were met." . – Maine Center for Public Interest Reporting, August 2010  http://www.pinetreewatchdog.org/wind-power-bandwagon-hits-bumps-in-the-road-3/From Part 2 – On Wind and Oil Yet using wind energy doesn’t lower dependence on imported foreign oil. That’s because the majority of imported oil in Maine is used for heating and transportation. And switching our dependence from foreign oil to Maine-produced electricity isn’t likely to happen very soon, says Bartlett. “Right now, people can’t switch to electric cars and heating – if they did, we’d be in trouble.” So was one of the fundamental premises of the task force false, or at least misleading?"  http://www.pinetreewatchdog.org/wind-swept-task-force-set-the-rules/From Part 3 – On Wind-Required New Transmission Lines Finally, the building of enormous, high-voltage transmission lines that the regional electricity system operator says are required to move substantial amounts of wind power to markets south of Maine was never even discussed by the task force – an omission that Mills said will come to haunt the state.“If you try to put 2,500 or 3,000 megawatts in northern or eastern Maine – oh, my god, try to build the transmission!” said Mills. “It’s not just the towers, it’s the lines – that’s when I begin to think that the goal is a little farfetched.” http://www.pinetreewatchdog.org/flaws-in-bill-like-skating-with-dull-skates/

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