Wind power

To the Editor:

As a “40 percent Mainer” (and property owner), but without voting rights, I hope Dan Remain was able to get the 50,000 signatures for his “Citizens’ Initiative” to restore citizens’ rights on Maine’s Wind Law.

Remain points out that in 2007, we were worried about running out of natural gas, and that with CO2 emissions constantly rising, there was a fear of significant global warming. So then-Governor John Baldacci was concerned about Maine’s energy future, and it seemed like promoting wind power was critical to future energy progress.

Well, it’s 2015, and we know a few more facts: CO2 emissions are still increasing steadily, but from satellite data, there’s been no global warming for over 15 years, and CO2 is delivering significant agricultural benefits in food production worldwide. We need more atmospheric CO2 to help support the other steadily increasing factor: world population growth.

Sea level rise isn’t increasing. I recommend a new book by Alex Epstein, “The Moral Case for Fossil Fuels.” The Southwest Harbor Library will soon have copies.

One thing we still need is low cost energy, and more of it. Look at industry in Maine. There are at least two paper mills shut down, recently one in Bucksport, in part due to high energy/electricity costs. Even lobstermen have heard about the increasing cost of electric power at their processing plants.

Wind is a significant energy drain for Mainers. It isn’t strong enough for a realistic amount of time to generate the power to pay back investors and deliver reliable power to the energy grid. And with current wind laws, developers don’t have to show the public what power they get from all these wind farms.

First Wind has gone bankrupt and sold out to a Canadian company.

Remain is right, Mainers need to get the laws modified and restore citizen’s rights. With modifications in place, Maine should push to get rid of the requirement that any part of Maine’s energy be required to be produced by “renewable” sources, unless it’s the least costly source of supply – and be able to prove it.

Tom Rolfes


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