William Chapman: “Renewable” energy is the current buzzword for ruining our mountains and devastating the wildlife (BDN)

Restore mountaintops

It is interesting that after more than a century of damming our rivers for hydropower, we are now restoring these rivers. The removal of the Veazie dam is just one example of the efforts now being made so fish can once again swim upstream to spawn.

More than a century ago, when these dams were being built to power our industries, no thought was given to the impact the dams would have on nature. We are again in that same situation. “Renewable” energy is the current buzzword for ruining our mountains and devastating the wildlife that depend on those mountains for their existence.

Environmentalists have long decried clear-cut methods of the logging industry, to the point where other methods have been adopted. Yet, nary is a word heard from these individuals and groups when multinational developers propose massive wind farms that clear-cut the tops of our most precious natural resources and blast access roads to permit the hauling of the monster windmills to the top.

Where will we be a century from now when these giants are rusting hulks of a bygone era? How many billions will we be forced to spend to remove these unsightly giants? And how do we restore the mountains to their original condition so the wildlife might, once again, roam unimpeded?

William Chapman

Rockport

http://bangordailynews.com/2013/07/26/opinion/saturday-july-27-2013...

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Comment by Harrison Roper on July 28, 2013 at 8:01am

The Permits for Maine's wind  "farms" have a clause requiring that the ground be restored to its original condition when the turbines cease to generate power, and that the costs will be "pre-financed" from the start of construction with periodic payments into a "decommissioning fund."  I wonder: who is monitoring the financial viability of the pre-financing? Is there a periodic report on the condition of the fund, and its sufficiency?  If the original owner sells out, or goes bankrupt, and the turbines are abandoned, what happens?  Who spends the fund and takes responsibility for the cleanup?   

Harrison Roper - Houlton/Danforth

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."

https://pinetreewatch.org/wind-power-bandwagon-hits-bumps-in-the-road-3/

 

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Maine Center For Public Interest Reporting – Three Part Series: A CRITICAL LOOK AT MAINE’S WIND ACT

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(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 https://www.pinetreewatchdog.org/wind-power-bandwagon-hits-bumps-in-the-road-3/From 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?" https://www.pinetreewatchdog.org/wind-swept-task-force-set-the-rules/From 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.” https://www.pinetreewatchdog.org/flaws-in-bill-like-skating-with-dull-skates/

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