BDN - Gov's Problem with Wind Turbines Called "FAKE" by VP of Friends of Katahdin Woods & Waters

Sherman, ME - a gateway community as promised or just Maine's next industrial wind dead zone?

While it may very well make sense now to fully support tourism at the 500 day old Katahdin Woods & Waters  National Monument, it's sad to see a lover of Maine's environment criticizing Governor LePage's protection of Maine tourism from industrial wind turbine blight as a "faux-concern about the impact of windmills on Maine’s tourism". There is no question that these monstrosities do not belong in areas where people visit to "get away from it all". Moreover, there is no question that these monstrously sized and noisy towers harm local tourism-reliant economies. The wind industry likes to cite national tourism numbers, but that is simply so they can bury devastated LOCAL tourism economies in a larger number.

The author, Anita Mueller, seems almost certainly to be the vice president of Friends of Katahdin Woods & Waters. https://www.friendsofkww.org/team/anita-mueller/

Perhaps Ms. Mueller doesn't know about all the wind turbines planned for areas very close to Katahdin and the new monument such as Mt. Chase, Sherman, Stacyville and Patten, as well as slightly more distant areas such as Benedicta and Silver Ridge. When folks like David Farmer and Lucas St. Clair "sold" the monument to the people in the more proximate towns, they spoke of these towns becoming "gateway communities" and talked of great potential for tourism. Based on the present access roads into the monument, these would in fact be the host communities. However, if the area is invaded with near 600' tall wind turbines, then tourism potential will be lost. Perhaps then we'll see Millinocket businesses lobbying for direct access to the monument from Millinocket. 

Hopefully David Farmer and Lucas St. Clair will examine both sides of the ledger and work hard to protect the gateway communities they promised from becoming industrial wind dead zones.

The BDN letter from ANITA MUELLER  entitled "LePage's Tourism Hypocrisy" is here:

https://bangordailynews.com/2018/02/07/opinion/letters/thursday-feb...

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Comment by Eric A. Tuttle on February 8, 2018 at 12:36am

I agree, that any donation of land should have an established fund for tax offset in perpetuity. If you look at a map of Maine's Protected lands you have to wonder who pays the property taxes.

If you look at Roxanne's business dealings, you may find she "Screwed" ole Burt and probably others along the way. Burt's Bees operated in Guilford for several years with some local worker bees. A strange operation, an unsafe workplace. 

Comment by John F. Hussey on February 7, 2018 at 8:18pm

I know "...help offset losses in property taxes due to non-taxable Federal lands within their boundaries..." but she still SKATES on taxes and SCREWS MAINE.  She should at least have to cough up the difference.

Comment by Eric A. Tuttle on February 7, 2018 at 5:48pm

"Payments in Lieu of Taxes" (PILT) are Federal payments to local governments that help offset losses in property taxes due to non-taxable Federal lands within their boundaries. The original law is Public Law 94-565, dated October 20, 1976. This law was rewritten and amended by Public Law 97-258 on September 13, 1982 and codified at Chapter 69, Title 31 of the United States Code. The law recognizes the inability of local governments to collect property taxes on Federally-owned land can create a financial impact.

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I wonder if the Monument is qualified for a

Turbine Grade
Fire Department ?

Comment by John F. Hussey on February 7, 2018 at 5:36pm

Bottom line, it's all about "Mama's Boy St. Claire for Congress, the failure to establish a carbon tax and to make sure Mama doesn't have to pay TAXES on the land she removed from the Maine Property TAX ROLL by giving it to the Federal government.  

Comment by Thinklike A. Mountain on February 7, 2018 at 5:14pm

As discovered last summer, Al Gore would seem to have his tentacles into the board of Katahdin Woods & Waters so watch some of their board cheer lead for wind farms in those gateway towns so as to increase the value of the land right outside the monument or coming up Rte 11. Or even land around Medway. Then like magic, watch for their friends to just happen to own that land. It's like politicians making killings in the 1950's because they knew where the Interstates were going in. The environmental groups are now part of these shenanigans.

http://www.windtaskforce.org/profiles/blogs/al-gore-s-tentacles-in-...

Comment by Eric A. Tuttle on February 7, 2018 at 3:12pm

Peter Neill Age 76; Lives in SedgwickME; Used to live in New York, NY, Branford, CT; (This may or not be the Author of the LTE) 

Peter Neill is listed in the 2017 report:

kATAHDIN CIRCLE

The Katahdin Circle recognizes NRCM members who give $1,000 or more during our fiscal year (April 1 to March 31) to support our mission. NRCM thanks the following Katahdin Circle donors for your generosity.

Anonymous (36) (Redacted Names before and afterLeslie Abrons Mr. and Mrs. Philip D. Allen Dan and Joan Amory Stephen O. and Janet Andersen Allen E. and Elissa Armstrong Ellen Asherman, in memory of Adrian

Asherman Lise Aubry Mr.* and Mrs. William M. Backer Colin W. Baker and Elaine C. Cinciva Mary Barnes and Peter Neill Mr. and Mrs. Robert M. Bass Stephen and Paula Birmingham Mr. James G. Blaine Mrs. Sylvia Blake Peter and Sofia Blanchard John H. Boomer and Susan Radomski Peter P. Bradley Jane and Frank Bragg Sandra E. Brawders Dr. Samuel B. Broaddus and Ms.

Sandra Jensen Willard and Nancy Brown

This sounds like a Political voice, with the underlying NRCM involvement. First the fight for the park (national monument) then their past history with wind. 

2017 NRCM Staff

Nick Bennett, Staff Scientist and Healthy Waters Project Director
Judy Berk, Advocacy Communications Director
Leslie Burhoe, Executive Assistant
Beth Comeau, Public Affairs and Communications Manager
Pete Didisheim, Senior Director of Advocacy
Alexandra Fabian, Social Media and Creative Services Coordinator
Fiona Gordon, Associate Director of Philanthropy
Joyce Gracie, Senior Philanthropy Assistant
Gabrielle Grunkemeyer, Grants Director
Stacie Haines, Membership Director
Leisa Hodgkins, Advocacy Assistant and IT Coordinator
Kristin Jackson, Federal Project Outreach Coordinator
Sophie Janeway, Climate and Clean Energy Outreach Coordinator
Cathy Johnson, Senior Staff Attorney and Forests and Wildlife Project Director
Toby Kilgore, Grants Associate
Sarah Lakeman, Sustainable Maine Project Director
Gail LaRosa Thompson, Associate Director of Philanthropy
Todd Martin, Grassroots Outreach Coordinator and NRCM Rising Director
Nancy Murray, Finance and Administrative Assistant
Ryan Parker, Environmental Policy Outreach Coordinator
Lisa Pohlmann, Executive Director
Emmie Theberge, Federal Project Director
Kathy Thompson, Senior Director of Finance and Administration
Jordene Trueh, Philanthropy Assistant
Dylan Voorhees, Climate and Clean Energy Project Director
Gretta Wark, Senior Director of Philanthropy
Allison Childs Wells, Senior Director of Public Affairs

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."

https://pinetreewatch.org/wind-power-bandwagon-hits-bumps-in-the-road-3/

 

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

******** IF LINKS BELOW DON'T WORK, GOOGLE THEM*********

(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 https://www.pinetreewatchdog.org/wind-power-bandwagon-hits-bumps-in-the-road-3/From 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?" https://www.pinetreewatchdog.org/wind-swept-task-force-set-the-rules/From 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.” https://www.pinetreewatchdog.org/flaws-in-bill-like-skating-with-dull-skates/

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