Last week, on Earth Day, under questioning from Rep. Bob Duschesne, Dr. David Publicover, senior staff scientist with the Appalachian Mountain Club and a member of The Governor's Task Force on Wind Power Development that laid the groundwork for Maine's shameful expedited wind law, admitted that the task force never considered the cumulative impact of erecting gargantuan industrial wind turbines throughout Maine.
Please click on the following link to Eric Tuttle's video of this public hearing to see this admission for yourself. It can be seen in Part 2, 28:50 to 29:20. The link to the videos is:
Again, tremendous thanks to Eric Tuttle and thanks to Chris O'Neil for pointing this out.
For anyone who is new to the wind effort, the following is a good place to start reading up on the Governor's Task Force on Wind Power.
- Baldacci’s executive order establishing the task force stated that, “Maine energy policy seeks to promote the development and use of renewable energy sources to help reduce Maine’s dependence on imported fossil fuels.”
- There were 16 members on the task force: several members of the Baldacci administration; a wind power attorney; two staff from state environmental groups (with a third acting as an alternate); Democratic and Republican lawmakers; a union member and a representative of the Independent Energy Producers of Maine. The chairman was Alec Giffen, director of the Maine Forest Service....
- All members of the task force favored wind power development...
- “I think we did start with an assumption that wind power development was going to take place in Maine,” said David Publicover, a forestry specialist with the Appalachian Mountain Club. “We never really engaged in an argument as to whether there should be wind power development in Maine.”
- There were a number of cases where people from those groups and agencies were either connected to the wind industry or would soon be connected to the wind industry: Gov. John Baldacci’s Wind Power Task Force...........
R. Alec Giffen (Chair), Director, Maine Forest Service
Senator Phillip Bartlett
Juliet Browne, Verrill Dana LLP
Pete Didisheim, Director of Advocacy, Natural Resources Council of Maine
Judith A. Dorsey, Retired Lawyer
Representative Stacey Fitts
Senator Walter Gooley
Jody Jones, Wildlife Ecologist, Maine Audubon Society
John Kerry, Director, Governor’s Office of Energy Independence & Security
Kathleen Leyden, Coastal Program Manager, State Planning Office
David Littell, Commissioner, Dept. of Environmental Protection
Representative W. Bruce MacDonald
Milton McBreairty, Business Manager, IBEW Local Union 567
Patrick McGowan, Commissioner, Dept. of Conservation
Dave Publicover, Appalachian Mountain Club (alternate member)
Steve Timpano, Environmental Coordinator, Dept. of Inland Fisheries & Wildlife
David Wilby, Executive Director, Independent Energy Producers of Maine
If every action has an equal an opposite reaction, I guess we could say that one reaction to the Governor's Task Force on Wind Power is the Citizens' Task Force on Wind Power, i.e., this. The only difference is that long after that earlier task force disbanded, with some of its members continuing to personally benefit from the seeds that they sowed, the reaction from citizens continues to grow stronger.
To this end, please support The Citizen Initiative to Amend Sections of the Expedited Wind Energy Act.
Also for those new:
Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it's the only thing that ever has. - Margaret Mead
"This place, to which a great man in his youth liked to come to commune with God and with the wonder and beauty of the visible world, is dedicated to the happy memory of THEODORE ROOSEVELT. Stranger, rest here and consider what one man, having faith in the right and love for his fellow man was able to do for his country." - plaque at Bible Point at the end of Mattawamkeag Lake in Island Falls, ironically condemned to being scarred by industrial wind turbines barring a miracle
For more information on how to support the Citizens' Initiative, please contact Dan Remian, the man leading the charge. N7CD@gwi.net, call 207-354-0714 I'd like to think Teddy Roosevelt would approve.