George Smith, outdoor writer and former Director of the Sportsman's Alliance of Maine (SAM), recently lost his father. My sincere condolences to the family.

On 10/31 he devoted his BDN column to remembering some of the great hunting trips he and his father shared. He closed with an insight that I think many of us share:

    "We didn’t have firearms that day,
     and didn’t kill anything,
     but that’s the smallest part of hunting..."

As I read that my blood pressure spiked. I recalled the testimony Smith delivered on Day Two of the DEP hearing over First Wind's Bowers project which would overlook NINE scenically recognized lakes. Of course he was testifying in favor of the project. As we all know, First Wind sponsors Smith's blog and is the 2nd largest financial supporter SAM. At that hearing Smith testified that all that matters to fishermen is the fish. He said fishermen don't care about their surroundings. All they want is fish. "Anglers often say they don't like fishing, they like catching (Transcript, p548)."

How blatantly hypocritical of Mr. Smith to say that shooting game is "the smallest part of hunting" but that catching fish is the only part of fishing.

I guess he says one thing when speaking from the heart and another when speaking from his wallet.

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Comment by Martha thacker on November 4, 2014 at 9:02am

Thank you Robert for your comment.A vote yes on # 1 will stop the legal trapping of animals in ME. The bear crying out in pain in the video that has been showing on TV is so heartbreaking, I can't watch it. A vote yes on # 2 will help animals too by research on ticks , which are hurting large animals here. Yes on # 2 will help family farms...There is a lot ME govt. could do to help them..this is business that goes back generations but very little is said about it. Sorry to digress away from wind farms but getting global corporations out of our food supply would be good for the state as well as getting them out of our energy.

Comment by Robert Goldman on November 4, 2014 at 12:44am
Fellow Maine wind warriors:
For a better Maine, a Maine that is more decent and just, please Vote YES on One! to stop the cruelty and injustice directed for too long against gentle and shy black bears in the forests of Maine. IF&W is being immoral and dishonest to lie about black bears, while shilling for the outfitters who are growing the bear population by placing 7,000,000 pounds of human junk food in our woods every year. Hounding black bears through their forest home as if they are war criminals is incredibly obscene, as is snaring them at bait sites and then shooting them at point blank range. Neither is real hunting, such human behavior is persecution and cruel execution. No other state allows all three of these pathetic and heartless human behaviors. Support fair chase hunting, not this horrific injustice and cruelty. Maine is a better state than this. Vote YES on One.
Comment by Martha thacker on November 3, 2014 at 9:11am

Seems like the only true environmentalists in the state of ME are the hunters and fishermen. ..hikers too.

Comment by Mike DiCenso on November 2, 2014 at 8:09pm

When the Rollins permit allowed the FoulWind cabal to build the access road thru 2 deer wintering areas it fragmented the habitat and allowed quick access to the area for poachers. George Smith either has tunnel vision or just does not care about anything except pleasing his monetary supporters. His comments at the Bowers hearing were nonsensical to anyone who appreciates the Maine outdoors.

Comment by Robert Goldman on November 2, 2014 at 6:58pm

George Smith does not realize that he is a curse to the wildlife and wild lands of Maine. He fancies himself to be some kind of iconic Mainer, when he is actually an iconic ahole. For years he was part of the vicious cabal who demonized coyotes (and every other natural predator), unjustly scapegoated them as responsible for the decline of deer in our state and actively promoted their persecution and massacre in Maine. Recently he acknowledged that the deer population has declined mainly due to the destruction of their sheltering habitat by greedy Mainers and corporate forest owners. Tens of thousands of coyotes have been tortured and slaughtered due to his lies and persistent lobbying. Smith is nothing more than a wildlife and wild lands destroyer who will sell his soul and the forests and mountains of Maine for a few bucks.

Hannah Pingree on the Maine expedited wind law

Hannah Pingree - Director of Maine's Office of Innovation and the Future

"Once the committee passed the wind energy bill on to the full House and Senate, lawmakers there didn’t even debate it. They passed it unanimously and with no discussion. House Majority Leader Hannah Pingree, a Democrat from North Haven, says legislators probably didn’t know how many turbines would be constructed in Maine."


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Maine Center For Public Interest Reporting – Three Part Series: A CRITICAL LOOK AT MAINE’S WIND ACT


(excerpts) From Part 1 – On Maine’s Wind Law “Once the committee passed the wind energy bill on to the full House and Senate, lawmakers there didn’t even debate it. They passed it unanimously and with no discussion. House Majority Leader Hannah Pingree, a Democrat from North Haven, says legislators probably didn’t know how many turbines would be constructed in Maine if the law’s goals were met." . – Maine Center for Public Interest Reporting, August 2010 Part 2 – On Wind and Oil Yet using wind energy doesn’t lower dependence on imported foreign oil. That’s because the majority of imported oil in Maine is used for heating and transportation. And switching our dependence from foreign oil to Maine-produced electricity isn’t likely to happen very soon, says Bartlett. “Right now, people can’t switch to electric cars and heating – if they did, we’d be in trouble.” So was one of the fundamental premises of the task force false, or at least misleading?" Part 3 – On Wind-Required New Transmission Lines Finally, the building of enormous, high-voltage transmission lines that the regional electricity system operator says are required to move substantial amounts of wind power to markets south of Maine was never even discussed by the task force – an omission that Mills said will come to haunt the state.“If you try to put 2,500 or 3,000 megawatts in northern or eastern Maine – oh, my god, try to build the transmission!” said Mills. “It’s not just the towers, it’s the lines – that’s when I begin to think that the goal is a little farfetched.”

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