In an open letter to the newly created Katahdin Woods & Waters National Monument (KWWNM) to the east of Katahdin and Baxter State Park, BSP Director Jensen Bissell has expressed his concerns about the new monument's effect on views from Baxter State Park. Specifically, Jensen writes he is "particularly concerned with the addition of significant structures that may be visible from Katahdin, and from the impact of night lighting in the currently very night-sky-friendly area east of the park".
Hopefully the deeds conveyed to the national monument do not allow for monster green scam wind turbines. That said, one would guess that Mr. Bissell may be concerned about structures commonly found in national monuments such as visitor centers. If this is the case, then a far greater concern are the massive wind projects contemplated for areas just east of the new national monument, where met towers already dot the hills such as in places like Patten, Mt. Chase, Shin Pond, Sherman, Stacyville, Silver Ridge, Golden Ridge, Benedicta, Monarda, Molunkus, etc. Such turbines, approaching 600' in height would greatly dwarf a visitor center or similar small building. Although perhaps a few miles further from Katahdin than a KWWNM visitor center, a wind factory would be far, far more visible from Katahdin, other peaks in Baxter State Park and likely the ridges in the new national monument.
When an industry that is built on fleecing taxpayers, sticking it to ratepayers and bribery is allowed to threaten gems such as Katahdin and Moosehead Lake -- as well as all of our beautiful tourism-reliant state, it is time to wake up legislators.
The full letter can be read here:
TODAY'S QUESTION: Is there wind corruption in Maine?