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Against the Wind
Crash Barry rants for the trees

by Crash Barry

There’s hope on the horizon for those of us determined to stop the industrialization of Maine’s wilderness. Reliable sources informed me last month that plans are in the works for a citizen initiative that could substantially slow, if not stop, the development of new wind-power projects atop the wooded peaks of the Pine Tree State.

My sources spoke on condition of anonymity because the details of the initiative are still being finalized, but those involved expect the campaign will be launched this year, with the goal of putting the referendum question to voters statewide next year or the year after.

The chances such an initiative will succeed are increased by the fact that opposition to large-scale industrial wind projects is one of the few political issues that unites the right wing and the left. It’s the rare place where Republican Gov. Paul LePage and former Green Party gubernatorial candidate Jonathan Carter can find common ground.

The loose consortium working on the proposal includes Tea Partiers and Occupiers, tree-huggers and Bible-thumpers. This diverse constituency wants to protect Maine’s mountains and forests from threats on numerous fronts, including mining, new landfill operations, and the proposed East-West Highway and utility corridor. But the common goal of all these causes is to give people more power to end or amend developments that damage the environment

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Comment by Thinklike A. Mountain on May 6, 2014 at 9:18pm

Crash Barry is a great writer. Keep your eye on his career - I believe he is heading for wide acclaim one day.

Comment by Mike DiCenso on May 4, 2014 at 9:07pm

Kudos to Crash, good job. I wonder who it was he referenced that sold their land to the windsprawl developer? I didn't think they purchased land until they were sued in court. 

Hannah Pingree on the Maine expedited wind law

Hannah Pingree - Director of Maine's Office of Innovation and the Future

"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."

https://pinetreewatch.org/wind-power-bandwagon-hits-bumps-in-the-road-3/

 

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Maine Center For Public Interest Reporting – Three Part Series: A CRITICAL LOOK AT MAINE’S WIND ACT

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(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 https://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?" https://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.” https://www.pinetreewatchdog.org/flaws-in-bill-like-skating-with-dull-skates/

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