This is another example of how the pro-wind side has inserted itself in key places such as "environmental groups". Yesterday we saw how 50% of the Maine Trust for Public Lands is comprised of current or former First Wind/SunEdison employees including a senator's son. Here we see how one of former Governor Baldacci's chief wind power pushers is Deputy Director of the Forest Society of Maine.
Following are some excerpts on an article on wind power done by the Maine Center for Public Interest Reporting about the creation of the state's expedited wind law:
That momentum may have papered over some significant differences among task force members that are now becoming more obvious. As they neared completion of their report on wind power development in December, 2007, Baldacci made the unusual move of sending his senior policy advisor Karin Tilberg to press task force members to issue a unanimous set of recommendations.
They did as Baldacci asked, and that unanimity, from a group whose members represented prominent environmental groups as well as wind power developers, set the stage for the bill’s unanimous passage through a legislative committee.
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 – the number is likely to be at least 1,000 and perhaps as high as 2,000........Gov. Baldacci remains steadfast in his support of wind power. He and Tilberg refused to grant the Center an interview
From Forest Ecology Network:
The Villains of Mountaintop Industrial Wind - the Mountain Slayers and Profiteers of Maine
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