I have now dropped two memberships of the four environmental organizations now voicing support for Industrial Wind Towers on Bowers Mountain. Rather than expressing a commitment to Maine’s “Brand” of clean scenic tourist attractions, they are endorsing Industrialization of nine lakes designated as Scenic Resources of State or National Significance. Environment Maine, NRCM, Maine Audubon, and Sierra Club Maine are actively working to support First Wind’s permit to construct sixteen 460′ towers. These groups were early supporters of Industrial Wind before all the facts of the detrimental effects on scenic impact, wildlife and the financial viability of wind were known. Now, I believe the well intentioned environmental groups are on the wrong side of history! The most important issue now is they are compounding a poor decision to support Industrial Wind by testifying in support of the Bowers permit. Unfortunately for all of us, the courage needed to publicly recognize their error may be insurmountable. History is full of examples of good intensions gone awry.
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