The mission statement of Natural Resources Council of Maine states, in part, that it is "a nonprofit membership organization protecting, restoring, and conserving Maine's environment, now and for future generations."
In 2011, the NRCM position regarding Bowers Mt. wind project was "neither for nor against". What has changed? More money from the wind industry and their cohorts? Surely the facts from First Wind’s production reports to FERC should clearly tell NRCM that destroying Bowers Mt. and ruining the magnificent Downeast Grand Lakes region is not worth supporting if NRCM is true to its mission statement.
Did Maine Audubon, when it presented testimony to DEP disclose that First Wind is $10,000+ Eagle donor? That CMP and Iberdrola, another wind developer is a $5,000+ Falcon donor? That Reed & Reed that owns the only crane that puts up these gigantic machines is also a Falcon donor? That Patriot Renewables, another wind developer and Sargent Company that did the site work at Rollins in Lincoln Lakes are Osprey level donors? We must discredit Maine Audubon’s support as having been clearly bought. It is a shame that they care more about wind power money than they do eagles, falcons, and ospreys.
Maine Chapter of the Sierra Club is simply being hypocritical in the conflicts inherent in their mission statement, which includes verbiage such as: "protect the wild places of the Earth" and "protect Maine’s wilderness heritage". "For over a century the Sierra Club has been devoted to the conservation of our forests, mountains, rivers, coasts and other natural areas."
By supporting blasting away Bowers Mt. and placing 459 ft tall turbines above lakes that are clearly scenic resources of state or national significance, I don’t believe Sierra Club leaders have ever left their Portland offices and experienced the vast national treasure that are the Downeast Grand Lakes. The Maine Chapter unabashedly follows the national lead and National Sierra Club has been bought off by the wind industry.
It’s too bad, because if Sierra Club founder John Muir were at this hearing, he would vehemently oppose this project. What he wrote in 1912 regarding Hetch Hetchy can be adapted to the destruction of Bowers Mt. and the Downeast Grand Lakes: "These temple-destroyers, devotees of ravaging commercialism, seem to have a perfect contempt for Nature, and instead of lifting their eyes to the God of the mountains, lift them to the Almighty Dollar."