Just because it’s legal doesn’t mean it’s moral, or ethical

Just because it’s legal doesn’t mean it’s moral, or ethical
Jan. 31, 2010

By Lynne Williams

Tux Turkel’s piece in Sunday’s Portland Press Herald (January 31, 2010) was only a keyhole look at the influential connections between industrial wind industry executives and functionaries and Maine’s power elite. The defensive responses of those with such connections, that their behavior is legal and appropriate, is not unexpected. However, legality does not equate to moral or ethical.

And what the industrial wind giants, with the complicity of state leaders, are doing is immoral and unethical.

State government has a responsibility to protect the safety and happiness of the populace, as we can read in Article I of the Maine Constitution, which states that “all people are born equally free and independent, and have certain natural, inherent and unalienable rights, among which are those of enjoying and defending life and liberty, acquiring, possessing and protecting property, and of pursuing and obtaining safety and happiness.”

Yet state government, in not only facilitating, but expediting, the process for those companies that seek to transform Maine into the Saudi Arabia of wind – is that really something we should aspire to, being a desert ruled by a hereditary monarch – is not protecting the safety, and certainly not the happiness, of Mainers in impacted communities.

It is appalling that the head of the Maine Center for Disease Control, Dr. Dora Mills, has belittled and marginalized those who live near wind turbines and are suffering insomnia, headaches and other even more serious health impacts, by saying that the impacts are merely annoying. Dr. Mills’ mandate is to protect the health of Mainers, not the health of the wind companies’ bottom line.

Local elected officials in potentially impacted communities, even those with financial connections to a wind company, only seem to recuse themselves from voting on a wind project when they are directly confronted by town residents, and then are annoyed (there’s that word again) that they must refrain from voting to benefit their benefactor. Likewise, wind companies select and pay for attorneys to advise towns during tax increment financing negotiations, flipping the concept of independent counsel on its head.

Most disturbing, however, was the behavior of the members of the legislature’s Energy Committee when wind activists appeared before them on January 28th.

A Committee Member whined about how they had been there since 1 pm and at 7 pm it was cutting into their family time. Look, Mr. Committee Member, you are the one who decided to get elected to office, so do your job no matter how much time it takes. And all of you should try to remember that you work for us – we put you there, and we can dump you too. So try your best to listen to those citizens that come before you, rather than being impatient and angry that anyone would dare to come to Augusta to petition their state government. Forgot about the Bill of Rights, didn’t you? And besides that, Mr. Legislator, you’re fortunate to live in a place where you can enjoy family time. If you lived in parts of Freedom, Mars Hill or Vinalhaven you might have welcomed an opportunity to stay away from home a little longer.

So, that brings me back to our state constitution. While Article I, Section 1 talks about natural rights, as noted above, Section 2 states that all power is inherent in the people and the people have an “unalienable and indefeasible right to institute government, and to alter, reform, or totally change the same, when their safety and happiness require it.”

For over two years Augusta has been welcoming industrial wind with open arms, facilitating their colonization of our state. Maine state government has become the King George of our time and for those of us who are working to stop this travesty, these are the times that try men’s (and women’s) souls. These are also the times to work together to, as our Maine Constitution states, alter, reform or, if necessary, totally change our state government, because our safety and happiness truly does require it.

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Comment by Whetstone_Willy on January 31, 2010 at 8:38pm
"And all of you should try to remember that you work for us"

Only the smart ones get this.

There will be hell to pay come November.

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."

https://pinetreewatch.org/wind-power-bandwagon-hits-bumps-in-the-road-3/

 

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

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(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 https://www.pinetreewatchdog.org/wind-power-bandwagon-hits-bumps-in-the-road-3/From 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?" https://www.pinetreewatchdog.org/wind-swept-task-force-set-the-rules/From 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.” https://www.pinetreewatchdog.org/flaws-in-bill-like-skating-with-dull-skates/

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