Wednesday, February 07, 2007

Another Mainer in Favor of Windmills

In the 6 February 2007 issue of the Kennebec, ME Morning Sentinel, Waterville resident Wayne Mullen writes to express his deep regrets over the recent vote by the state's Land Use Regulation Commission (LURC) that rejected the plans to build wind generating towers on the Redington ridge in sight of the Appalachian Trail.

"The backbone of the commission turned to mush because of a room full of trail walkers and environmentalists. They don't have the whole picture."

"I can't believe that people walking the Appalachian Trail will have their experience destroyed because they would see these windmills from one mile away. Maybe the LURC commissioners should think about the welfare of the people of the state instead of a few power groups and out-of-state people."

I believe that this has been cast as a NIMBY (not in my backyard) issue in the past -- that is, the ATC and many (most?) hikers want wind power, but just not in the Trail's 'backyard.' Here, however, one Maine resident says 'Yes. Please. Put it in my backyard.'

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