On Saturday, the mail carrier dropped off a professionally-produced, tri-fold pamphlet titled "We've Listened" that was distributed by the Northern Pass. Perhaps you received one too, or will soon. You can't miss its friendly pastel green and blue colors.
I was intrigued by the opening paragraph, being a writer myself. Remember your mom reading to you Little Red Riding Hood? Or have you ever heard the saying, "A half truth is a whole lie."?
Let's take some of the exact text from the pamphlet and add the missing text. I'll put the missing text in all CAPS so there's no confusing the two. Here we go:
"The Northern Pass is a proposed ALMOST ENTIRELY AN OVERHEAD transmission project that would bring clean, low-cost hydroelectric power from Quebec, CANADA into New Hampshire WHERE IT WILL THEN BE SENT DOWN TO HOMEOWNERS AND BUSINESSES IN MASSACHUSETTS, CONNECTICUT, RHODE ISLAND AND NEW YORK. YOU FOLKS IN NEW HAMPSHIRE DON'T NEED ELECTRICITY BECAUSE YOU PRODUCE PLENTY FOR YOURSELVES. YOUR CURRENT HIGH ELECTRIC RATES WILL NOT DROP SIGNIFICANTLY BECAUSE WE'RE SELLING OUR CHEAP ELECTRICITY TO YOUR NEIGHBORS.
This project is a partnership between Public Service of New Hampshire's parent company, Northeast Utilities, and its Canadian energy supplier, Hydro-Quebec A $12 BILLION DOLLAR A YEAR COMPANY."
When you open the pamphlet to page two, there's more soft and gooey language. It's important to note they keep saying the words region or regional because truth be told New Hampshire is just a tool.
Hydro-Quebec needs to come through New Hampshire to be able to sell its juice to all the other states to the south of us. Their wording in the pamphlet is designed to make us feel GUILTY if we don't act like good neighbors. (Throat-clearing noise.)
Here's some additional text from the pamphlet:
" .... burn fossil fuel that creates carbon emissions linked to climate change. OUR NEW TALL OVERHEAD TRANSMISSION LINES WILL BE COMING DOWN THE PEMIGEWASSET RIVER VALLEY. JUST 18,000 YEARS AGO ICE FROM THE ENORMOUS CONTINENTAL GLACIERS EXTENDED FROM THE NORTH POLE DOWN AND ACROSS TO CAPE COD. THIS ICE WAS PROBABLY 2,000 FEET THICK OVER MUCH OF NEW HAMPSHIRE. IMAGINE HOW MUCH CLIMATE CHANGE IT TOOK TO CREATE AND THEN MELT THAT ICE!
GUESS WHAT? NO TRUCKS, FACTORIES, POWER PLANTS OR CARS WERE AROUND THEN TO BELCH CARBON! ONE MORE THING — THERE WERE FOUR, COUNT THEM FOUR, PERIODS OF THIS CONTINENTAL GLACIATION IN THE PAST 2,000,000 YEARS! WOW, THAT'S LOTS OF MOTHER-NATURE PRODUCED CLIMATE CHANGE!"
I think you get the point. The pamphlet is full of biased talking points. Hydro-Quebec wants to make tens, possibly HUNDREDS, of millions of dollars as do their N.H. partners, but they don't care about you and me. They most certainly don't care about our pristine scenic views.
Here's the deal. I'm not against Canada selling its electricity to Americans. I'm against them stinking up our landscape just like those despicable wind turbines near Rumney and Newfound Lake that are spreading like a cancer.
Hydro-Quebec can do the RIGHT THING and BURY the power cables across our entire state and just charge the cost to those buying their product. THEY CAN PAY THE PEOPLE OF N.H. A PERPETUAL TOLL WHEREVER THE LINES ARE ON OUR ROAD RIGHT OF WAYS. It's a simple cost of doing business. Why should WE SUFFER? Tell Hydro-Quebec, PSNH and Northeast Utilities to STOP CROSS DRESSING and take off Grandma's clothes!