Baker talks about "one failed experience" with onshore wind, conveniently ignoring all the harm that Maine and Mainers have experienced from numerous wind projects.
Charlie Baker defended wind power after a Republican congressman questioned him on Capitol Hill
Rep. Tom McClintock, a California Republican, said Baker had “waxed eloquently” about the Bay State’s offshore wind projects, but raised questions about what he characterized as a “disaster” in Falmouth.
Falmouth’s Board of Selectmen voted last month to remove two now-idle wind turbines, which cost the Cape Cod town about $10 million to build, but ultimately proved to be a nuisance to nearby residents.
“The small town went deeply into debt to finance them,” McClintock said during the hearing Wednesday. “The townspeople couldn’t bear the noise, the constant flickering light as 400-foot windmills turned. Property values plunged 20 percent. And I wonder how that squares with the bright picture that you painted.”
Baker responded that one failed experience shouldn’t undermine “things we need to do with respect to mitigation, adaptation, and resiliency” to deal with climate change, emphasizing that solutions should be “practical and cost effective.”
“My father always used to say that there’s two things: There’s doing the right thing and then there’s doing the thing right. And doing the right thing and doing it wrong doesn’t necessarily solve the problem,” he said.
The governor explained the “well-intended effort in Falmouth” failed in some respects due to how and where the turbines were sited. Installed in 2010 and 2011, the two turbines are just several hundred yards away from some residential properties.
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