The Crash Report: The Answer is Not Blowing In the Wind
- Written by Crash Barry
Commentary: The energy speculators ruining Maine's mountains for subsidies and tax breaks need to be stopped. (The Portland Daily Sun welcomes feedback on this commentary. Please send feedback firstname.lastname@example.org or post at our Facebook page.) The final leg to the summit of Partridge Peak, elevation 1,985 feet, in northern Oxford County, is an easy walk, thanks to the massive road built to handle the huge bulldozers, excavators, cranes and other heavy-duty construction rigs necessary to destroy a four-mile ridgeline of mountain tops. To the west and below is Roxbury Pond, surrounded by miles of working forest. Hills, slopes and peaks of various heights and girth rise from the landscape, reaching for the vast Maine sky. To the east, Mount Blue. To the north, Tumbledown. To the south, Whitecap, Black and the Twin Mountains. Partridge Peak, and the adjoining Flathead Mountain and Record Hill, offer amazing panoramas and breathtaking views of bucolic Maine countryside, provided you can ignore the constant growl and rumble of the 22 giant wind turbines atop the three linked ridgelines. These 325-foot tall white monsters are four times the height of the Portland Observatory on Munjoy Hill. Or one-and-a-half times the height of Franklin Towers, Maine's tallest building.
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