When Gov. Paul LePage was running for office, his biggest selling point to me was his concern for Maine's economy and lack of good-paying, long-lasting jobs.
Next was his ability to turn the city of Waterville around. So he received my enthusiastic vote, regardless of any criticism he had garnered when speaking to the press. I wanted a man with the knowledge and ability to get Maine back on the right track.
Maine needs good-paying, but more importantly, long-lasting jobs, not the kind that the wind industry brings to Maine.
A number of local businesses benefit when the turbines are being put in place because of the temporary influx of the industry's work force, but after a few months the crews pack up and leave behind only a skeleton crew. Wind companies don't hire local people to maintain the turbines. So, the wind industry does not provide any jobs for Maine residents. This is not what Maine needs going forward.
Maine's residents pay high electric bills. Wind energy is the most heavily subsidized form of electric power. The rate of return for wind energy is amazingly low. And yet, the wind industry continues to grow at the taxpayers' expense. Can Maine really afford this?
I am all for saving the planet. I do not know if global warming is a real threat, but I do know we need to look at viable sources of energy. Maine cannot afford to support the wind industry because we cannot afford to pay higher rates for electricity. We are running on empty already. In my view, we should be looking at sources such as Quebec's relatively cheap hydro power.
It makes sense to me. Wind power is too costly, and it will not get us off our dependence on oil.
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