Against the Wind
Crash Barry rants for the trees
by Crash Barry
There’s hope on the horizon for those of us determined to stop the industrialization of Maine’s wilderness. Reliable sources informed me last month that plans are in the works for a citizen initiative that could substantially slow, if not stop, the development of new wind-power projects atop the wooded peaks of the Pine Tree State.
My sources spoke on condition of anonymity because the details of the initiative are still being finalized, but those involved expect the campaign will be launched this year, with the goal of putting the referendum question to voters statewide next year or the year after.
The chances such an initiative will succeed are increased by the fact that opposition to large-scale industrial wind projects is one of the few political issues that unites the right wing and the left. It’s the rare place where Republican Gov. Paul LePage and former Green Party gubernatorial candidate Jonathan Carter can find common ground.
The loose consortium working on the proposal includes Tea Partiers and Occupiers, tree-huggers and Bible-thumpers. This diverse constituency wants to protect Maine’s mountains and forests from threats on numerous fronts, including mining, new landfill operations, and the proposed East-West Highway and utility corridor. But the common goal of all these causes is to give people more power to end or amend developments that damage the environment
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