Dark Skies: Advocates push Maine as astrotourism destination Maine Sunday Telegram)

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Turbine lights on Rocky Dundee seen from Upper Pond (Gary Campbell)

Yet another reason not to have flashing thunderous wind turbines throughout Maine defiling what we have to enrich foreign investors tapping our treasury and raping ratepayers.

The state's many precious resources include the largest light-pollution-free swath in the eastern half of the U.S. 
A new effort is underway to protect it with 'dark sky' designations and promote it as an out-of-this-world attraction...........“You don’t get skies this dark – and contiguous – until you reach Kansas, or some parts of Texas,” said Andrew Bossie, the executive director of Friends of Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument, where the darkest skies in the state were measured last year....................Their combined goal would be to obtain the highest level of dark sky designation the IDA gives, an International Dark Sky Reserve.

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Comment by Eskutassis on May 21, 2018 at 8:49am

I have been talking about this since my OpEd in the BDN in 2010. Until you have been in a Bortle 1 sky as I have both here at my camp and in the Sonoran Desert, adding just one flashing light is terribly distractive, but when there are ten or even 27 as I can now see from my camp, it is insane. so much for the quiet and relaxing Maine Wilderness. Maine is now an industrial wasteland thanks to Gov Baldacci and Angus King.

Comment by Gary Campbell on May 20, 2018 at 3:15pm

Correction on the photo credit. I did not take that photo, Rainer Egle did. We did, however, make good use of it during the LURC and DEP hearings on the Bowers Mountain project. In fact, after seeing that image, LURC and DEP's scenic consultant James Palmer, went to see them for himself and confirmed that the lights have a significant impact.

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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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