By CHRIS O'NEIL
Fernald is a relevant policy that ought to be remembered a hundred years later as our mountain resources are exploited for the export of wind power.
Fleming's story was accompanied by a photo of dinner jacket-clad Baxter fishing Kidney Pond: The summit in the background is Mount O-J-I, so named for its three iconic rock slides which then spelled its namesake letters.
Baxter in the photo is facing east toward nearby Katahdin.
A contemporary photo of Mount O-J-I shows that subsequent slides rendered the O-J-I letters undistinguishable, ironically reinforcing Baxter's powerful statement made as he bestowed his great gift: "Buildings crumble, monuments decay, and wealth vanishes, but Katahdin in all its glory forever shall remain the mountain of the people of Maine."
Like the unwitting Sen. Baxter learning of Parkhurst's unexpected death in 1921, those of us today fighting the economic and environmental destruction that is mountain wind power are benefitting from unexpected economic and political forces.
Reliable options are rendering wind power unaffordable, unnecessary and useless even as political patience is waning.
This is good for Maine's economy and environment. As one of the cleanest electricity generating states in the nation, having long ago gotten off oil and coal, Mainers must consider the legacy we will leave.
If mountaintop wind power goes the way of Parkhurst, some people might lament their good intentions unrealized. Others will lose potential riches. But Maine's trademark quality of place -- as valued by Gov. Baxter -- will continue to benefit all of us.
Let us remember Baxter's legacy as we create our own.
Chris O'Neil is president of Friends of Maine's Mountains, an environmental organization.
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