BDN - Clifton vote (Greg Perkins letter)

Clifton vote

On July 1 the residents of Clifton will be voting to modify their wind power ordinance, reportedly to accommodate the Pisgah Mountain project.

The changes proposed by the planning board will weaken or reduce the minimal protections provided by the current ordinance.

Industrial wind turbines are the largest machines on our planet and can be destructive to both wildlife and humans if not sited properly. Their impacts can be felt across miles, not feet. For example, folks with camps on Davis and Holbrook Ponds in Eddington and Holden may experience visual, sound and nighttime lighting impacts from these turbines.

Setbacks are a very important element to any ordinance, and their purpose is to protect owners on both sides of a property line. For most categories of developments, standard ordinances provide clear-cut guidelines for property-line setbacks that are easy to understand and to comply with.

However, because wind turbines are so tall, and their 50-ton motors are so powerful, they do not recognize property rights or boundaries.

I urge voters not to approve these amendments on July 1, but rather to take time to really look at what the impact will be on themselves and their neighbors. There are other hills and mountains in Clifton, and a weak ordinance may quickly attract more wind developments. The accumulative impacts of wind turbine sprawl will not only change the rural character of Clifton but also its neighboring communities

Greg Perkins




Clifton wind farm project costs mount as another vote looms Tuesday

Hopefully the ads hitting the Maine papers find their way to some of the voters. Please also see the following post from Richard McDonald:

We're finishing up a very strong opening week with ads in the weekend edition of the BDN and the Maine Sunday Telegram. Two hard hitting ads in each paper will be seen by tens of thousands of Mainers and tourists over this coming weekend. Something to look forward to on Sunday morning. Saving Maine web site traffic has been very strong as well - visits were up again yesterday after ads ran in the PPH. The FW/Enron ad was very poignant given the EMERA deal and Bowers denial. Please take Brad Blake's advice and donate to Saving Maine and do your part to keep this important effort going strong!

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Comment by Martha thacker on June 26, 2014 at 9:19am

So smart..the tourists would not like ME if the current wind farm policy continues. Have seen pictures of the "updated" type transmission lines. They are gigantic and would have to go through lower ME to transmit the imaginary power from upper state wind farms. Even the conservative scientific community  admits there is a greater incidence of leukemia of children who live beneath them. So, they aren't good for anybody. Doubt if NH even built the grand plan of upper state wind power transmitted to Boston Mass. was idiotic to start with....with no long term goals. It is time for Mike Michaud to back off supporting them to keep his good name.


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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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."

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