Recreational Camps Industry - Why Jeopardize Maine's Outdoor Brand with Industrial Wind?

Using the latest available U.S. Census data pertaining to the NAICS category "Recreational Camps", on a per capita basis, Maine ranks # 2 in the nation in terms of sales and # 1 in terms of payrolls.Description

Description of this NAICS category:
"This U.S. industry comprises establishments primarily engaged in operating overnight recreational camps, such as children's camps, family vacation camps, hunting and fishing camps, and outdoor adventure retreats that offer trail riding, white-water rafting, hiking, and similar activities. These establishments provide accommodation facilities, such as cabins and fixed campsites, and other amenities, such as food services, recreational facilities and equipment, and organized recreational activities."

While recreational camp data may not be a perfect surrogate for tourism data they are indication of what we already know - Maine is highly favored by tourists and tourism is a particularly important business for Maine. 

Click on the following link to review the simple analysis, including a listing of data sources (U.S. Census/most recent US Economic Census) and the original source data.


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(Top 20 States based on per capita annual sales of recreational camps, i.e., "sleep away" camps)

There is no doubt that the Maine brand is the great outdoors. And it is a potentially even more valuable brand in years to come as more and more of the huddled masses in Megalopolis and other places discover the incredible place that is Maine. Unless we destroy it.

Why would we want to jeopardize the tourism and tourism potential we have here in Maine? Do our representatives in Augusta really want to infest our incredible mountains, ridges, hilltops, lakes, forests, farmlands, seacoast and islands with giant out of place industrial wind installations and requisite transmission gashes? All so that a small handful of super wealthy insiders in distant places can become yet wealthier at the expense of Mainers and our visitors who so faithfully depend on Maine being Maine? 

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Comment by Donna Amrita Davidge on April 21, 2018 at 9:33am
I led opposition to Oakfield and am still
Saddened by the outcome- and seeing them over mattawamkeag which I love dearly-
Comment by Brian Ruth on April 17, 2018 at 1:29pm

I spent summers of my youth on Drew's (Meduxnekeag) Lake - which is located in New Limerick and Linneus, ME - where my parents owned a camp.  A few years ago, the neighboring town of Oakfield allowed First Wind to build a wind facility on a ridgeline that runs down to the lake's western shore.  Since then, the facility has been purchased by Terra Nova Renewable Partners.

What previously had been a beautiful body of water with camps dotting some of its shoreline has been blighted with towers decorated with red, flashing lights that loom over its western skyline.  The town of Oakfield sold out its neighbors for what amounts to 30 pieces of silver and a new fire truck.  Shame on 'em.

My parents long ago sold their camp, so I don't have a financial stake in the lake anymore.  But, I do have an emotional one, and I have a great deal of compassion for those who own camps there, some of who were there back when I was a boy.

For whatever power is produced by the 48 turbines in the Oakfield string, some of the original peace and quiet and sense of place has been stolen from Drew's Lake and its residents.  As long as those turbines tower over the lake, it will not be the same.  Too bad to desecrate a place like Drew's Lake simply to line the pockets of the greedy who hold no respect and appreciation for someone else's little piece of heaven.  "Carpetbaggers" is too kind a word with which to label them.

It all amounts to a poor trade off, in my opinion.  And shame on Oakfield for selling out their neighbors' peace and quiet. 

Hannah Pingree on the Maine expedited wind law

Hannah Pingree - Director of Maine's Office of Innovation and the Future

"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."


Maine as Third World Country:

CMP Transmission Rate Skyrockets 19.6% Due to Wind Power


Click here to read how the Maine ratepayer has been sold down the river by the Angus King cabal.

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 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?" 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.”

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