Some Mainers still fall for the wind energy scam. This is sad because taxes have had a crushing impact on Maine’s economic lifeblood, and it consistently ranks among the states with the greatest tax burden. Yet Dorle and Chapman have the nerve to propose that still more still tax credits (read: private taxpayer subsidies) support their lobby’s pocketbooks and debunked environmental fantasies.
Paul Rudershausen is a research associate at the Center for Marine Sciences and Technology at North Carolina State University. He is the owner of sustainably managed woodlots in Burlington, Springfield, and Carroll Plantation, Maine.
Paula Moore: Wood biofuel better than wind
Unlike wind power, wood biofuel is easily stored and dispatched as needed. A wood-burning power plant requires a fraction of the land used by wind projects. Harvesting and transporting Maine’s indigenous biofuel provides a much needed boost to the forest products industry and forest landowners, especially as paper mills are shuttered. By my calculation, wood biofuel is a much better renewable energy investment for Maine — and the planet.
Eventually the carbon dioxide will be recaptured as new trees grow to replace the harvested trees, but meanwhile, Colby’s carbon footprint has not been reduced, despite its claim otherwise.
Nevertheless, Hudson correctly points out that burning our Maine trees provides jobs and income to local Maine people, a good enough reason to support the conversion.