One of the groups opposing Industrial Wind’s intrusion on inland Maine (Friends Of The Highland Mountains) created a video that I shared with friends, including a Native American, Nukachee.
She watched, thoughtfully, then said, “Humans do not properly consider the Little Ones, but Little Ones are really giants in the scheme of things. Wind machines are out of place in the forest.
“Your rabbits will ‘dumb down’ because the flicker of turning props is a lot like wing shadows. Hawks and owls will catch them too easily. Before long, wolves, hawks and owls will sicken and die off because the rabbits were made stupid and got wiped out.
“Things will change in your woods. This is only one thing.”
Industrial Wind only promises economic development. It’s short-sighted, short-term, terribly costly in all ways, heavily subsidized through our tax dollars, given generously to foreign interests. Without storage capacity, any power it does generate will simply flow into the national grid.
With the desecration of our interior mountain tops and sky lines, tourism will suffer. Tourist dollars represent real, up-front money for affiliated Mainers.
In contrast to the airy concept of wind power, Madison Hydro (to name just one) still powers half the town of Madison, as well as some outlying areas, a century after its inception and installation.
Wouldn’t Maine be wise to turn away from faddism and foreign interests, investing in her own rushing rivers for state benefit, while at the same time providing for the well being of the Little Ones — the rabbits and other creatures? There are ways to do both.
Arlene Gray Trudel
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