One of the problems we have continually struggled with is the bias of the Maine media in their complicity with the wind industry in promoting this scourge in Maine. When I saw this completely biased article in the Lewiston Sun Journal, from a reporter who I know must have my phone number and email from previous interactions (as well as contacts for other wind power critics), I got angry and fired off this email:
"Mr. Karkos, I have to strenuously object to the article "Wind project for Dixfield years off; Carthage project under construction" as one of the most blatantly, one-sided pieces of reporting I have witnessed in a long time. The Public Relations consultants for Patriot Renewables and American Wind Energy Association couldn't have crafted a better promotion for wind power than this cheerleading piece.
As soon as you include a quote like "Wind farms are getting to be more of an accepted thing as time goes by," you have a journalistic obligation to engage the well known critics of industrial wind projects to weigh in and have an opportunity to challenge such statements. You have to know by now many local people in Carthage, Dixfield and other areas in the River Valley Region who oppose the proliferation of industrial wind projects in the region. Additionally, representatives of Friends of Maine's Mountains and Citizens Task Force on Wind Power, two state-wide organizations were not contacted for their perspectives on these wind projects. This is shameful, biased reporting and the readership of the LSJ deserve a better representation of facts regarding wind power and acknowledgement that there are a plethora of negative criticisms regarding the wind industry."
Brad Blake, Chair
Citizens Task Force on Wind Power
Here is the story in the LSJ:
This is the photo from the LSJ that went with the wind cheerleading article, a depiction of the destruction of Maine's western mountains. Photo by the reporter, Terry Karkos