Dear President Justin,
Do you mind if I call you that? We’ve never met or spoken so “Justin” seems a little too familiar. “President Alfond” seems a little too presidential.
LD 1750 — “An Act to Amend the Maine Administrative Procedure Act and Clarify Wind Energy Laws,” which you are very, very quickly trying to push through as “emergency” legislation — is not very presidential.
Do you really want the observations of citizens of the state of Maine to be completely disregarded by state agencies making regulations? The bill says, state agencies may only accept “the testimony of qualified experts, data gathered by objective and reliable means, and testimony and other evidence supported by independent confirmation of reliability.”
Really? That smashes the credibility of regular folk sitting in their backyard one day who can no longer hear the blue jays chirping 50 feet away because of the noise a wind turbine makes, or an asphalt plant that’s begun operation a half-mile away.
Do citizens have to hire an audio consultant before their testimony is deemed credible by President Justin’s bill? If they can’t hear the birds anymore, wouldn’t you think they’d know that?
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