Lynne Williams to NRCM: Please begin to listen to us


The following note to Lisa Pohlman, Executive Director of NRCM is posted on behalf of Lynne Williams, former chairperson of the Maine Green Independent Party, and candidate for the party's nomination for Governor of Maine in the 2010 election. The note is in response to Ms. Pohlmann's blog of earlier today, parts of which are excerpted immediately following Lynne Williams' note.


Dear Lisa:  
I hate to be a downer about this, but this "unbroken forest view" from Katahdin will be broken if, and when, the Oakfield industrial wind project is constructed.  I know many at NRCM consider this to be tiresome complaining by communities that do not want to sacrifice their communities on the altar of renewable energy, so let me throw this out to you - are you willing to sacrifice the "unbroken forest view" that you so celebrate in this post, on the altar of renewable energy?  I am beginning to think that if more NRCM folks actually lived in northern and downeast Maine, rather than just visiting and writing breathless blog posts following the visit, that we wouldn't have these destructive industrial projects taking over our region.  Perhaps it's time that some of these projects were built in Hallowell, Cape E, Peaks Island and Harpswell.
Please begin to listen to us.
Regards, Lynne Williams


A Climb Worth the Effort

IMG_1370On June 28th, I climbed Maine’s great Mount Katahdin, in Baxter State Park, with colleagues from NRCM. I’ve wanted to do it ever since I settled in Maine 33 years ago, so this was a big occasion for me. Katahdin is a mile high at the summit, and to get there one climbs up and down miles of steep inclines and rugged terrain. Climbing and descending make for a 12 hour challenge, as many of you know who have hiked it. 

But magic awaits at the stony summit. 

From the top of Katahdin, Maine’s North Woods stretch out as far as the eye can see. Unbroken forests stretch on for miles and shelter our wildlife neighbors, including moose, deer, lynx, and countless birds. Myriad lakes reflect the light of the sky. The West Branch of the Penobscot River, once threatened by the massive Big A dam, is a ribbon winding below. The mountains are jagged and green, layered out to the horizon. 

Read Ms. Pohlmann's full blog here.

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Comment by Donna Amrita Davidge on September 1, 2013 at 10:27pm

this is all too sick and tragic..I still pray for some miracle to stop the greed and corruption-

Comment by Mike DiCenso on July 4, 2012 at 5:53pm

Lisa settled here 33 years ago and  FINALLY climbed Mt Katahdin? Maybe if she stays here another 33 years she might find the ambition to climb Traveller or OJi or maybe Borestone? Why does an inside oriented person run the NRCM? On a clear night hundreds of blinking red lights will mar the night if the current windslobbery is not stopped.

Comment by Whetstone_Willy on July 4, 2012 at 5:00pm

Does NRCM care about the night skies which will be despoiled by the industrial wind factories' lights?  They cited these beautiful night skies in their battle against the Plum Creek development. So why wouldn't they defend these dark night skies from the proposed wind factories that developers want to put on every ridge they can find?


From the website of the Astronomy Institute of Maine:


"Dark regions indicate nearly pristine, naturally dark skies, where thousands of stars can be seen. Yellow designates urban skies with fewer than 1,000 visible stars. White indicates city skies where as few as 20 stars are visible—fewer than can be seen on the American flag".

Comment by Monique Aniel Thurston on July 4, 2012 at 3:48pm

Thank you Think Like a Mountain for posting my op-ed from February 2011.  At the time Lisa had just started her job at NRCM,  and took over where Brownie Carlson left it.   Carlson, and industrial wind power zealot,  catapulted NRCM as the motor behind the motto  "Sacrifice Maine for the Planet and West Virginia".   He would convince NRCM membership, without any scientific proof supporting his cause,  that defilement of 350 miles of Maine's ridges would be a good thing for  Maine  and  for  the  planet , and that indirectly  Maine residents suffering from wind turbine noise would be in  effect "policy road kill"since  their plight  was  not recognized  until we brought it  to light.  

At their booth at the Common Ground Fair NRCM employee Emmie Theberge,  short  of  rational  argument, told me, "your  generation destroyed  the  planet, we  must  now  save  it."

But  Lisa  Pohlman knows  better now.  In September 2011 we  walked  into  their  annual meeting  with  an  abundance  of  literature  deconstructing  the  pro  industrial  wind  power arguments.

We  talked  about  subsidies, noise, scenic  adverse  effects, lack  of  proof of  CO2 displacement , unreliability , non  necessity , transmission  costs, and  especially about  the false argument of  wind  saving  oil which  NRCM and  Angus  King  had  promoted relentlesssly.

We  spoke to  Dylan Voorhees, Brownie  Carlson and abundantly  to  Lisa.

Unable  to  reject  our  arguments  she  retreated  behind  hers:  "wind  power  on  Maine's  ridges  is  better  than  open pit   coal  mining  in  West  Virginia" and "wind turbine  esthetics are  highly  subjective."

From  the  look  of  the  picture on  Lisa  's  blog it  looks like  fog might have  altered  her  view of  Maine's most beautiful  mountain  landscape , if not  let  us  hope  that the "industrial wind  power  propanganda"  fog stops clouding  her  judgment and  that  she finds  the  wisdom to lead  the  way in stopping  this environmental contradiction and  infamy.

Monique  Aniel            

Comment by Thinklike A. Mountain on July 4, 2012 at 11:43am

The following editorial seems rather appropriate to revisit:

Baxter’s legacy sacrificed on wind altar

Posted Feb. 25, 2011, at 6:17 p.m.
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Following NRCM’s recent rally at the Hall of Flags protesting that the LePage administration was about to destroy 40 years of good stewardship of the land, its new executive director, Lisa Pohlman, wrote an essay on its website suggesting that Mainers write a letter to the governor telling him why they love their state and what they would want to see done to help protect it. So this is my story.

There was once a beautiful region that became slowly engulfed by a glacial sheet 25,000 years ago. The advancing glacier created striations in the bedrock, shaped mountains and formed open bowl-shaped features called cirques. Where the highland above the cirques was narrow, thin ridges called aretes were produced, a good example being the Knife Edge on Mount Katahdin.

Then, about 18,000 years ago, in response to a warming climate, the glacier receded, reshaping the river valleys of the region that would become our beautiful state. From north to south and east to west, a most intricate landscape was created, with miles upon miles of soft ridges inhabited by a wide diversity of trees and animals.

By 2020, what millennia of nature’s work had created will have been destroyed. Within 10 years, earth movers will have blasted the mountain tops into submission and giant cranes will have spread thousands of steel towers with arm-waving blades, covering the entire mountain landscape so patiently designed by the powerful forces of nature.


Comment by Harrison Roper on July 4, 2012 at 10:55am

    If you think you view FROM Kathadin is ruined, try looking at Kathadin THROUGH a wind farm! That is essentially what we experience from our camp on the east shore of Hot Brook Lake.  And the blinking red lights are on, all night, every night, year round.  What a shame!

Harry Roper   Houlton/Danforth

Comment by norman f. harte on July 4, 2012 at 6:50am


Comment by Long Islander on July 4, 2012 at 12:42am

NRCM uses CO2 to justify wind. Before there were cries of "jobs", there was CO2 as the primary justification for wind power advocacy.

The PDF document at the following link puts NRCM's own published CO2 information into proper perspective. 


Comment by Long Islander on July 4, 2012 at 12:39am
Comment by Brad Blake on July 4, 2012 at 12:10am

Here is the comment I wrote to Lisa:

Lisa, so glad you finally made it to the top of Maine's greatest place, a place that was omnipresent in my life growing up in Lincoln; a place I climbed several times every year until age and health stopped me.  The mountain itself is special, as there is nothing like it in the eastern USA.  Gov. Baxter's gift to the people of Maine is unprecedented.  The views in every direction are awesome, as you noted.

You also noted the Big A dam never was constructed, casting it as a threat to the park.  What is a larger and present threat to the park is the proliferation of sprawling industrial wind sites that, if not stopped, will be on every ridge right up to the boundaries of the park.  Did you see the turbines of Mars Hill, Stetson Mt., Jimmey Mt., Owl Mt., Rollins Mt, and the ridges of Rocky Dundee?  Those are the small turbines.  Did you locate the Oakfield Hills, closer to the park than any of the existing wind sites?  Did you notice the massif of Passadumkeag Mt, the highest point between Cadillac Mt. & Katahdin?  Both sites will have 459 ft. tall turbines on them--that's more than half as tall as Boston's Hancock Tower, the tallest building in New England.  Constructed on top of blasted away, leveled, and scalped mountain ridges.  No ridge in the northeastern uplands is safe from the predation of wind companies that are fueled by PTC, RECs, and RPS mandates.  And, unfortunately, coddled and promoted by NRCM.

NRCM should be taking the lead in vigorously stating that the farce of spending massive amounts of taxpayer dollars to produce unpredictable, unreliable trickles of wind power at 25% capacity factor is not worth the destruction of the natural resources of Maine.  Destroying our mountains and hundreds of turbines ruining our scenic places is not maintaining the integrity of Maine's environment or our vaunted "Quality of Place".  NRCM should help stop the wind turbine onslaught before your "unbroken forests" become forests of ugly industrial blight.

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."


Maine as Third World Country:

CMP Transmission Rate Skyrockets 19.6% Due to Wind Power


Click here to read how the Maine ratepayer has been sold down the river by the Angus King cabal.

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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