For Immediate Release
Friends of Maine's Mountains: Industrial wind's new poll is an attempt to silence critics
December 16, 2013 Portland, Maine. Friends of Maine's Mountains (FMM) is encouraging the people of Maine to question the motivation and validity of the recent poll promoting industrial wind power in Maine. The Maine Renewable Energy Association (MREA) is a lobbying organization whose membership includes various renewable resources. But in fact, their primary lobbying focus is wind power.
The poll, released under the name of MREA’s “Wind Power for ME” website, presents a dubious accounting of wind power's favorability. FMM is warning Mainers that the poll’s sole purpose is a public relations gimmick designed to drown out the growing number of concerned voices speaking against industrial wind in Maine.
Chris O'Neil, FMM's Vice President for Public Affairs, was skeptical of the MREA poll: “The results of this poll were predetermined and are misleading. It won't hold up to scrutiny and it proves just how far the industry is willing to go to sell their scheme.” O'Neil added,“You can rest assured this was essentially a push poll with loaded questions. We want MREA to release the entire study, methodology, questionnaire, and tabulations so we can see what they are really up to. This isn’t a ‘name your favorite movie star’ poll. This can influence critical public policy discussions in favor of wind development, which is ruining Maine's Quality of Place and costing us billions of dollars with no return on investment. MREA owes it to all of us to be transparent.”
FMM, as it stated in its rejection of the recent Maine Audubon report supporting industrial wind, insisted that with the facts in hand, the majority of people will reject the industry's claims that wind power is useful, necessary, and sustainable in Maine. O'Neil said,“Mainers have been told by the industry that wind power can slow climate change and get us off oil. None of these assertions represent the facts and our education efforts are paying off,” O’Neil said. “When they learn the truth about wind power, people suddenly become unwilling to accept the massive environmental and economic costs.”
FMM is committed to educating the people of Maine about the wind industry's questionable economic value, its broad and troubling network of influence, and the threat it presents to our natural resources and economy.
Please direct all requests for additional information to:
Chris O'Neil – 207-590-3842
Richard McDonald – 207-604-4760