The suspicious timing of this bill is as bizarre as the bill itself. It looks like a favor to the wind industry so specific projects can qualify for "free" taxpayer money.
Even worse, LD 1750 gives a blank check to foreign and out-of-state industrial wind companies to build thousands of huge turbine towers across the middle and top half of Maine with limited environmental review. Southern Maine voters don’t want wind turbines there, so the Legislature is effectively arranging for hundreds of towers to be built in northern and central Maine where, under current law, residents won’t even get the chance to decide if they want these huge industrial zones or not.
This bill wasn’t introduced until the second half of the current legislative term, which — under the Maine Constitution — is largely reserved for bills “of an emergency nature.” It’s unclear to me why this bill is so urgent and critical as to be labeled an emergency. What is clear, however, is the catastrophic environmental, social and economic impact of industrial wind development
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