This letter appears in the online version of the Forecaster and hopefully the physical editions as well. The Forecaster, for anyone not familiar, is a free distribution widely read and very well done weekly newspaper available in several geographic areas. Its focus on hyper-local news helps assure strong reader engagement with the publication.
According to the newspaper's website, it has a distribution of 69,500 copies every week. That is 47% larger than the 47,326 Monday-Friday daily paid circulation of the other major newspaper in the Portland area, the Press Herald. (Source of Press Herald circulation is Wikipedia; could not locate on Press Herald website)
Vital revisions are needed to our state's existing wind law. Fortunately, Maine funded an independent review that clearly lists 25 ways that wind power cannot play a negative role in our state's economic development. Unfortunately, industry lobbyists don't like these ideas.
When an otherwise clean energy source becomes associated with massive mountaintop development, something is seriously wrong.
I encourage Maine's Joint Standing Committee on Energy Utilities and Technology (our elected officials) to stand strong in the face of some powerful industry-lobby "windstorms." And I encourage Maine voters to contact the committee members with their opinions, as soon as possible.
Mariana S. Tupper
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