The ultimate Hypocrisy of the PPH is overwhelming. They import an article all the way from North Dakota to protest an “Affront To The Legacy Of Teddy Roosevelt.” Where were they when the now defunct and bankrupt First Wind, a spawn of King Angus and his cronies, decided to step all over a 2003 Maine Department of Conservation acquisition of lands and established a conservation easement surrounding the southern end of Mattawamkeag Lake and the West Branch of the Mattawamkeag River southeast of the Town of Island Falls? The land and easement was purchased by the State. Included in this acquisition was a place called Bible Point, a place where Teddy Roosevelt spent quite a bit of time in his youth and young adulthood before becoming President. Bible Point is a registered historic landmark where Roosevelt went daily and prayed and read the Bible.
In 2003 they proclaimed “Through this purchase, we have assured that Lower Mattawamkeag Lake will forever retain its wild character and guaranteed future public access to these lands for fishing, hunting, boating, and camping,” stated Conservation Commissioner Patrick McGowan. Over seven miles of undeveloped lakeshore shoreline is included in the purchase along with three miles of frontage on the West Branch of the Mattawamkeag River. Sure don’t see anything about an industrial development plan for wind turbines in that statement.
The inscription on the plaque at Bible Point says “"This place to which a great man in his youth liked to come to commune with God and with the wonder and beauty of the visible world is dedicated to the happy memory of Theodore Roosevelt."
Conservation Commissioner McGowan commented that, “It is only fitting that the State has taken action to protect these lands that were an inspiration to one of our nation’s foremost conservationists.” Right . . that is until the Baldacci plan in 2008 came along.
So where were the cries of the PPH when after the Wind Ordinance put up a wind farm in Oakfield that was highly visible from 80% of Mattawamkeag Lake and pretty close to Bible Point making it an industrial wasteland?
There have been many people come to Maine for communing with God and Mother Nature, some of them famous and some of them just regular folks. Henry David Thoreau, Ted Williams, Longfellow, TR, and many more. I don’t really think they would have come to see and hear wind turbines and flashing lights. Ted Williams used to come to fish and hunt in the Burlington area around Saponic Lake and Nicataus and stay at the Old Moore's Tavern in Burlington. Now all those lakes and ridgelines are surrounded with wind turbines.
PPH has to think about their hypocrisy.