February 3, 2016
Honorable Members of the EUT Committee,
I am writing to express my dismay and outrage at the proliferation of wind turbines in Maine. Since the passage of the Expedited Wind Act in 2008 wind turbines have negatively impacted the viewshed of literally thousands of square miles of Maine. Dozens of turbines are visible from the top of every mountain in Western Maine. And for what???? To save Maine from global warming? To be a leader in fighting climate change? To replace heating oil with electricity because heating oil would become unaffordable? These were the reasons given by then Governor Baldacci and former governor and would be wind developer Angus King for imposing this unimaginable travesty on Maine’s landscape.
Since 2008, when Gov. Baldacci (who is now a highly paid executive in the wind industry he imposed on Maine while in office) rammed through the Expedited Wind Law as a Governor’s Emergency Bill, the weather in Maine has exhibited no warming trend. On the contrary, 2013 and 2014 were the coldest winters since 2008. (See charts 1 and 2 below) The cost of heating oil has plummeted (see chart 3) while wind turbines require subsidies worth as much as the value of the electricity they generate, subsidies without which the industry would not even exist.
Maine has become a prostitute to the electricity demands of other New England states, and while the wind developer pimps are taking our tax dollars, Maine is getting raped. It is insane public policy to allow this desecration of Maine's landscape to continue. I implore you to vote OUGHT NOT TO PASS on ANY LEGISLATION that will increase opportunities for wind turbines to be constructed in Maine. Preferably, you will place a moratorium on wind turbines while you work to restore the environmental protections that were removed to grease the skids for this industry.
Ferrisburgh, VT and Roxbury Pond, ME
PS: To see the impact of turbines on what had been described by an LL Bean Outdoor Adventure Leader as "a jewel of the western mountains" click this link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EjXERhHmuP8