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Up here a promise is a promise — and considered a contract

To the editor,
The global warming crisis is now being run by publicly traded companies? And environmentalists are on their side? Talk about two worlds crashing into one another.
I bet you can relate back to when an environmental protest meant something. I bet you can even relate to how, over the years, they lost their meaning. Well now their meaning is completely upside down. You see, environmentalists are now siding with the very same companies they originally fought so hard against. So I ask myself, have publicly traded companies really changed?
I do not consider myself an environmental activist. I'm simple folk, I was born and raised to speak the truth and I stick to my word. Up here a "promise is a promise" and up here in many cases that's considered a contract. I mention this because when these wind developers first approached our towns  they said "we would not build here if the people didn't want us to". So we took them on their word.
Well the towns took to vote and voted overwhelmingly to oppose their wind farms developments. In my eyes "the majority spoke" through a legally binding Town Hall ballot vote. We did our civic duty and voted "No to wind turbine developments in our area". It's really that simple.
The next logical step would be for these developers to move on. Not a chance, in fact they're now claiming there are more people in favor of them developing to those that oppose them. What? Wait a minute, did I miss something? Sounds familiar doesn't it — publicly traded companies haven't changed.
This legal process has left a bad taste in my mouth. So this is why I am against these projects: 1. These projects will generate excessive profits for publicly traded companies; 2. These profits will not help our community and will hold us accountable; 3. They are passing the costs of "green energy" development to people who have the smallest carbon footprint through deforestation in our area; and 4. They are vilifying me. I question the developers strategy: is their strategy to alienate people by "pitting us against each other". That doesn't sound very neighborly to me. It's no wonder why we overwhelmingly voted against you.
We need to stop and consider the welfare of our small communities, small ecosystems, small people and the small pleasures in life. Don't allow them to silence you or others around you. Demand representation by your elected officials — you pay your taxes... they are your employees!
We voted: Now I think it's time every New Hampshire politician and every department tied to the environmental services should make an official statement on wind turbines. Are they in favor of them or are they not in favor of them and then make a public statement as to why. Everyone should be held accountable form here on out. No more skirting around the issue and now more finger pointing. Now is the time to identify your true intentions and alliances.
Ray Cunningham
Bridgewater
 
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