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Don't mar ridge's beauty with wind turbines

Other places in Maine suitable for wind farms would not involve destroying wilderness or decreasing tourist dollars.

There are better places in Maine for wind farms than Redington and Black Nubble mountains. Some proposals have been made for wind farms on flatter, lower areas that have steadier wind and would entail less environmental degradation.

A wind farm on Redington Ridge would cause unsightly destruction. A huge area would be impacted visually, with all the roads and power transmission lines that would be needed, as well as enormous towers on the ridge tops. A pristine area would be turned into an industrial site. It would be strobe-lighted all night, affecting the night sky as far away as Rangeley. Many visitors on Rangeley Lake have mentioned the truly dark nights -- increasingly rare these days. To destroy that would probably make the area less appealing to tourists.

Endless Energy (now joined with a subsidiary of Edison International of California) has claimed that its project will replace foreign oil. However, less than 3 percent of U.S. power is generated by oil. Also, the present generators would have to be running all the time anyway, to be used when the wind isn't strong enough.

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There are better places in Maine for wind farms than Redington and Black Nubble mountains. Some proposals have been made for wind farms on flatter, lower areas that have steadier wind and would entail less environmental degradation.

A wind farm on Redington Ridge would cause unsightly destruction. A huge area would be impacted visually, with all the roads and power transmission lines that would be needed, as well as enormous towers on the ridge tops. A pristine area would be turned into an industrial site. It would be strobe-lighted all night, affecting the night sky as far away as Rangeley. Many visitors on Rangeley Lake have mentioned the truly dark nights -- increasingly rare these days. To destroy that would probably make the area less appealing to tourists.

Endless Energy (now joined with a subsidiary of Edison International of California) has claimed that its project will replace foreign oil. However, less than 3 percent of U.S. power is generated by oil. Also, the present generators would have to be running all the time anyway, to be used when the wind isn't strong enough.

Other places in Maine suitable for wind farms would not involve destroying wilderness or decreasing tourist dollars. There are also better, less invasive alternatives, such as solar energy. Wind power can be a benefit in the plains, in fields where nothing of note is destroyed, and where scenery isn't of prime importance. It would be tragic to let it encroach upon Maine's pristine wild places.

Source: http://morningsentinel.main...

FEB 6 2006
https://www.windaction.org/posts/1199-don-t-mar-ridge-s-beauty-with-wind-turbines
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