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: