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We hope beloved Constitution can protect us from wind farms

  • Published in Letters

To The Daily Sun,

Is the New Hampshire government, in seeking to appear green, violating our New Hampshire Constitution under the Green Energy Act? Health concerns, property rights, wildlife rights, safety concerns, the view tax and democratic freedoms are just a few examples.

Many other states have also fallen in line with the nationwide movement to appear green, led by wind energy developers. But not all states had the good fortune of hearing firsthand from people adversely impacted elsewhere by wind turbines. New Hampshire has this fortune.

NHWindWatch.org, a local opposition group, must raise hundreds of thousands of dollars to cover legal costs to challenge these wind companies in court. In defending our rights, we're all up against exceedingly well-funded, corporate lawyers and government-paid lawyers who are well versed in dictating their agenda on us.

Does the Green Energy Act and the New Hampshire Constitution conflict? The Constitution of the State of New Hampshire is the fundamental law of the State of New Hampshire, with which all statute laws must comply. "Article 2. Natural Rights. All men have certain natural, essential, and inherent rights — among which are, the enjoying and defending life and liberty; acquiring, possessing, and protecting, property; and, in a word, of seeking and obtaining happiness. Equality of rights under the law shall not be denied or abridged by this state on account of race, creed, color, sex or national origin."

Have those locally affected by the Groton Wind Farm fallen on deaf ears? Have politicians succumbed to the corporate promise of "quick and easy" money. Has the N.H. government done a cost-benefit analysis? Has the N.H. government done any impact studies? Has the N.H. government conducted a financial analysis on how much will it cost N.H. ratepayers or the state to send electricity to southern states? And if so, what is that cost?

Most states don't bother with cost-benefit analyses because most of the costs don't show on their own books. The result is much costlier electricity and no net reduction of carbon. But community costs are massive: including the loss of fundamental rights and freedoms, loss of our right to a good night's sleep and good health, lost market value of homes, and loss of the right to enjoy non-industrialized rural landscapes, dangers to our watershed, dangers to our tourism revenues, dangers to our wildlife, etc.

So, New Hampshire citizens are taking this high-priced battle to the courts where we hope our beloved Constitution can protect us and our democracy. After-all, it was Ed Cherian who's promise echoed through these foothills "if the community doesn't want us — we will leave". A promise that was offered to us by an Iberdrola Renewables representative willingly. An offer that was soon reneged.

Ask questions, demand answers and pound the table if you don't get them.

Ray Cunningham