To The Daily Sun,
I remember an energy conference at Plymouth State back in the 80s. The keynote speaker was to be a well-known Canadian author but died a week before the conference date. In his place, the chairman of Hydro-Quebec consented to come down to fill his slot. It was a big occasion. WMUR was present with its cameras and it aired that same evening. It was a time when many were extolling the "virtues" of hydro power. They couldn't say enough about Hydro-Quebec, which was touted as the "Arabs of electrical power". A company that could transfer DC power from Quebec to California with only a 4 percent loss. No one questioned their world dominance in the field of hydro power.
New Hampshire Governor Sununu, an MIT graduate with a nuclear background, was promoting Seabrook while Governor Snelling of Vermont was forging relations with Rene Levesque, the premier of Quebec. People complained at the time that Hydro-Quebec flooded an area the size of Great Britain thereby displacing the native cultures — but it was all so far away. When the energy needs of two and a half million people conflicted with a few thousand natives it was apparent to everyone who would win — much the same with our "iron horse" as it rambled west to make America a two ocean country
Perhaps if the towers passed within eyesight of my property I would be a bit more "intense" in my opposition as well. The meeting in Silver Hall on September 24 was attended by some 400 participants, outnumbering the backers of Northern Pass by ten to one. It appears that Northern Pass has brought the Democrats and Republicans together against a "common enemy" — Hydro Quebec. Could we be witnessing another Clamshell Alliance here? The power lines, if they are to be built, should be buried just like Martha Richards and one or two others buried the DOE with their gutsy rhetoric. Deservedly they received the most applause. Their conviction and sincerity shown through like a beacon light piercing a moonless night.
Finally, let me tell you what's really bothering me. Back to the meeting on September 24th. From the very beginning I felt an uneasiness about my surroundings. Yes, there was a mix of Democrats and Republicans there but mostly Republicans as far as I could tell — and you don't want to ask me how I know! The fact that I was sitting right behind two Republican representatives begged the question: "what the hell am I doing here?" As an independent with propensity towards the Democrats, I think it's downright un-American that any issue can bring these two groups together. We would all like alternative energy but solar power on a large scale is probably not going to happen in N.H. Wind power is also not a favorite among many and we can forget about the latest oxymoron that has entered our lexicon —"clean coal".
So those that wear orange with the inscription: "not now, not ever" need to be careful that they don't conscientiously become the proverbial painted sepulchers — white and shiny on the outside, inside full of dead-men's bones.
To end on a lighter note, in the dubious event that the worse case scenario plays out against the opponents of NP, there is always a silver lining — no "view tax" — "not now, not ever"!