Maine poll exposes softness in wind energy support
“For years wind developers have peddled the general benefits of wind energy, and they have a lot of financial resources behind them that we’ll never match,” O’Neil said. “People certainly want to believe it’s all good. But impacts to Maine exceed the benefits, and these poll results point out weak support for industrial wind when that shortfall is understood. Mainers expect tangible benefits for the enormous investment the government is forcing taxpayers and ratepayers to make in wind energy.”
O’Neil noted that almost 80% of respondents reported that they’re less likely to support building industrial wind turbines “if the development will not positively impact Maine.”
O’Neil said skepticism about wind energy is increasing, and as a result Maine policy makers are starting to ask much tougher questions about the benefits of industrial wind turbines in sensitive mountain areas. He pointed to several anti-wind bills in the last Legislative session that fared well, including legislation that would have eliminated the state’s “megawatt goals” and replaced them with a policy objective of demonstrated and “tangible” benefits.
Almost 80% Move to Unfavorable When They Get Facts
At the site, please be sure to click on the PDF in the second paragraph to see the poll's results.
And a perfect example of this in Maine is that in over 90% of cases, whenever a wind ordinance or moratorium has been put on the ballot in Maine towns, voters go against the wind corporations. How's that for a poll?
When people understand the true environmental and economic costs of wind, including higher electricity rates, higher taxes, lower property values, negative effects on tourism, wind loses. The fact that wind in Maine creates wealth for Boston outsiders, Augusta insiders and Portland law firms simply doesn't impress average Mainers, once they come to see past the wind industry's relentless propaganda.