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Anybody who gets in way of wind farms is stomped & belittled

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To The Daily Sun,

During the last 12 months, many people have shared their concerns about the Groton industrial-scale wind farm and future wind farm proposals destined for their communities. They include residents, vacationers, realtors, farmers, conservationists, AMC members, field naturalists, lake lovers and others. Most of the people upset by inappropriate, industrial-scale wind farm developments are not climate change skeptics. That shouldn't come as a surprise.

They've learned that wind turbines are not a neutral technology. Large-scale wind farms can and do cause a range of serious problems. They also know many politicians are not representing them on their legitimate concerns.

Are politicians misleading their constituents? Is Governor Maggie Hassan embracing the the wind industry? Are they taking the stance that wind farms are intrinsically good in all situations? Is their decision making becoming distorted? Have they stopped seeing and hearing the facts? Whole communities of people and wildlife are now being stranded by their processes.

A striking example of this is the highly controversial and totally inappropriate development called the Wild Meadows Wind Farm. This proposal is well under way — yet the community is not seeing representation from their elected officials. The site for the erection of 23 large wind turbines, each 500 feet tall — that is, 100 feet taller than the Groton Wind Farm — is right in the middle of a significant wetlands/watershed area. The site basically abuts the Cardigan Mountain State Park.

After decades of continuous efforts by local people and organizations to protect this high value conservation watershed area, home to numerous species of birds, the message from today's politicians is: Nothing, absolutely nothing!

We now stand beside a long list of objectors to the Wild Meadows Development (WMD), running into many thousands of individuals, as well as many organizations. At this stage insufficient information and vague answers is the name of the game.

This is approaching the threshold beyond which it cannot be used for effective, rationally based public decision making. It needs to go to the courts. Regardless, if approved, the WMD proposal will be challenged in court - like it's sister facility, the Groton Wind Farm, is now seeing in its aftermath.

Maybe then the state will then hear our community concerns or at least enjoy a good public kicking. Because, right now, anybody who gets in the way is stomped on and belittled.

We understand that New Hampshire aims to maintain a well-balanced energy resource portfolio. And to enhance its trading and marketing activities while establishing a stable supply system to meet growing energy demand inside and outside of our state.

But remember in the end... a wind farm in Groton, at Wild Meadows, at Spruce Ridge and at Alpine Ridge will not reduce New Hampshire's carbon footprint. This is all about southern states reducing their carbon footprints at our expense.

There's no guarantee that building a wind farm will bring down power prices or carbon footprints. It certainly hasn't to date. Soon it will be seen as a factor as to why New Hampshire may take first, second or third place in this country's electricity prices race. Currently we are in 5th place.

Apologists try to blame sharply rising power charges on the need to replace aging poles and wires, but upgrades and new infrastructure costs do not account for all of those increases - wind farms are the core problem.

What's your average monthly electrical bill? Watch it... closely.

Ray Cunningham