Previously, it appeared in the Press Herald.
Mike Bond of Winthrop is an environmental activist and a renewable energy advocate.
WINTHROP — As a lifelong Democrat, environmental activist and renewable energy advocate, I commend Gov. LePage’s recent criticisms of the huge taxpayer-funded industrial wind power scam, which, unless it is stopped, will ruin Maine.
Though initially a proponent of industrial wind, I’ve learned it’s a catastrophe on every level – environmental, fiscal, social and economic.
And now with Maine’s southern neighbors halting industrial wind in their states, they’re paying to build thousands of turbines in Maine, to devastate every magnificent Maine ridge, pinnacle and mountain with howling machines more than 50 stories high, some so tall they’ll be the third-tallest structures in New England.
Industrial wind projects have been clearly proven to slaughter millions of birds and bats, destroy scenic beauty, lower property values and tourism, sicken people and drive them from their homes, increase erosion and raise electric rates. But they make billions in taxpayer-funded subsidies for the investment banks that develop them.
Yet the biggest trouble with industrial wind is it doesn’t lower greenhouse gas emissions or fossil fuel use. Not one molecule.
... We hear a lot of pro-wind commercials on the Maine Public Broadcasting Network, and a lot of pro-wind talk from groups like Maine Audubon, the Sierra Club of Maine and the Natural Resources Council of Maine. Guess why? Many such organizations get major funding from industrial wind developers.
Years ago I learned a lot about life as a Portland Press Herald paper boy, delivering it sometimes in a blizzard at 30 below, but I made sure my customers got their papers. That’s a spirit Maine inculcates: fairness and reliability. Industrial wind projects have neither.
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IF The People of The NORTH Woods Think that WIND Farms are going to SOLVE All of their ECONOMIC Problems and Produce High Paying Jobs with Good Benefits-THEY ARE VERY SADLY MISTAKEN! Hell They aren't even going to get any POWER From these Turbines! Fact They are TOTALLY self Regulating and STAND ALONE just as Cell towers Are! So now the WIND POwer Developers are BRIBEING Them with $5,000 Checks Now! I am Not Surprised-I have Seen this take place in ALASKA! It's A last Ditch Effort of a DESPARATE Organization!
U are absolutely Right on Target Mike! But U forgot One other VERY Seroius DRAWBACK From Wind Turbines-The NOise -The Noise Is in Fact Driving the Wildlife int Neighboring States and CANADA! NOISE /Sound Pollution is Is Also having a Very Serious DETREMENTAL Impact on the HUman Population of this State!.Already NUMEROUS cases of People being Literally DRIVEN Off their Property Due to the 50 db.++ Noise from wind turbines can be documented!THere are VAST Areas that There is NO Wildlife of Anykind these areas are where there are Wind Turbines!
Dan McKay The summary of this bill states the economic and emission benefits of a wind project is presumed. This is very questionable and is good reason for " ought not to pass" status. A better bill would have experts in the economic and engineering fields produce real findings, rather than presumptions.
I feel an amendment to this bill is necessary : the economic and emission benefit/cost determination shall be conducted by the Governor's Energy Office and the project's approval/denial shall be based on this determination.
LD1750 In summary, this bill has largely been written by the wind industry for Senator Alfond to sponsor. If this bill is passed as it is now written, it will be all but impossible to stop any wind energy project in Maine
Maybe the media wasn't coopted in NC. But here in ME, the media praised the wonderfulness of wind farms like they had a vested interest in ME becoming a gigantic wind farm or something.The BDN would add a few comments at the last of their articles by opposers..but the gist of articles were totally pushing wind power. Then the BDN had to start censoring comments all the while denying that they were doing it. Controlled efforts to sell us down the river..buying up supporters like the audabon society who were against wind farms until their membership dropped off...then they were for them. At the hearings the pro wind farm people were moved to the front of the line to speak glowingly of them. It didn't seem apparent to LURC and DEP that the lung association and the snow mobile club really had nothing of substance to say. Then at the last hearing I attended, the Carroll residents, who I heard were offered 5,000 each to like a wind farm , only spoke of no work in the area and how much they NEEDED a wind farm to make it in our new industrialized north woods. You have to pay for your govt. in UT. The tiny township of Burlington , pop. around 300, got a fire dept. and are getting a nursing home..and a used up turbine after 20 years..just because there was a selectmen who actually was representing his constituents. The ME govt. said nobody lived near Stetson I and II year round , so not to worry about noise. We need to vote at every election and not forget how we were sold for a pittance...turn these people out of office who like money more than good govt.
WELL NOW theres A man That KNOWS the TOTAL TRUTH ABOUT The Facts about WIND POwer! Now That He Knows it -Why Doesn't he Do something about it-PUT IT TO AN END!! Wind Power Development-Thanks to The 2008 Legislature -Has and is DESTROYING the State of Maine!! It is Also WASTING BILLONS of Dollars of the TAX Payers Nation-Wide! Environmentally-i.e. NOISE POllution and Destroyer of Many SPECIES Of Wildlife! Lets Get Into The NATURAL GAS Grid-NOW! Develop-SOLAR Energy Farms,DRILL/Tap GEOTHERMAL Hot Spots,Development ENVIRONMENTALLY Friendly HYDRoelectric Dams!! The State of MAINE Has Already Lost MILLONS Of Tourists Dolars and Stands to Loose many MILLONS More!
Mr. Le PAGE::-RIGHT-ON!!
This is one of the best editorials I've seen regarding the fallacies of industrial wind farms. Hope most of you spend the time to read the full article. It covers most of the falsehoods put out by the pro-wind industry. The environmental groups like Audubon and Sierra Club have been bought out by money from First Wind. Shows that all you need to to get your way in Maine (and America) is to be able to bribe people to your way of thinking. I don't think the people of Maine really want to sacrifice their ridges and mountains to supply inefficient energy to other states. Thanks to this website the fight continues to educate Mainers to the truth!
p.s. I am another environmentalist that was once a wind energy proponent (i.e. what could be wrong with pretty little windmills?) until I learned the facts of massive inefficient 500 foot tall industrial wind farms being placed all over the forested ridges and mountains of rural Maine.
Great letter to the editor.
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