Both Senators want to decorate our mountains and coast with wind installations and transmission - but somehow the article missed this part. How can you be committed to outdoor recreation and support these hideous contraptions? Answer: You can't.
From Maine’s lengthy coastline to its vast forest — and everywhere in between — the outdoor recreational economy is a major driver that injects $8.2 billion in spending to the state each year, according to a report released by the Outdoor Industry Association on Wednesday.
In addition, that outdoor economy, which includes everything from hunting and fishing to wildlife watching, motorcycling, skiing, and hiking, generates 76,000 jobs in the state, according to the report.....................
.............Boian said Maine’s senators, Susan Collins and Angus King, have shown a commitment to the state’s outdoor recreation economy, and recognize its potential.
“Those of us who are fortunate enough to call Maine home know the importance of outdoor recreation to our economy. Maine’s natural beauty, coupled with the many recreational opportunities our state offers across all four seasons, encourages Mainers to spend time outside and draws millions of visitors each year,” Collins said in the OIA release..............
Outdoor recreation credited with $8.2 billion annual impact on Maine’s economy
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Paula - I'm afraid bribery wins the day all too often.
Does anyone ever say what they mean and mean what they say? So Baldacci et al fund a big study that shows that Maine's biggest asset is it's 'quality of place' and the next thing you know he's undermining that quality with pushing the expedited wind law attacking our unorganized territories. Our town of Clifton has a comprehensive plan, helped financed by the State, that concludes our biggest asset is our natural resources and our recreational opportunities and we should protect and enhance those to our economic benefit. Then along come the wind scammers and next thing you know the comp plan is left in the bottom file drawer while town government works to undermine its goals and strategies. No acquisition of access to the great ponds, no support for the snowmobile trails on Pisgah, no support for the bald eagles on Springy Pond, no preservation of the viewshed from Eagle Bluff or Woodchuck or Peaked Mountain, no recognition of the areas of town considered worthy of restricting commercial and industrial development, no recognition of the rights of property owners to protect and preserve the rural quality of the land they have invested in. It all just blew away in the wind.
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