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Our energy policies are friendly to developers, hostile to residents

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To The Daily Sun,

The horror stories regarding negative impacts on residents tied to the development of the Groton Wind power plant continue to mount. The toll on families across our region builds while the governor and many in the Legislature appear to care less.

Over the past few weeks many of our local residents traveled to Concord to tell their true-life experiences living next to the Groton Wind power plant. As expected, our politicians half-listened as they had other things to do. Many of our local residents were adding to and reinforcing true Groton Wind concerns. The worse part is that the issues are greater and broader than previously defined by Iberdrola. There is no need to repeat these problems, as we video taped all testimonies and put them on our Facebook page for all to see.

But there is a need to once again ask the governor and those in the Legislature pushing for rapid wind deployment in our community. What's the rush? We, as a state, produce more than enough electricity. Heck, we've been exporting excess electricity for decades.

Has New Hampshire, a state that has its own Constitution and prides itself on protecting individual's rights, now chosen to sell out to industrial wind developers?

If Massachusetts intends to outsource New Hampshire land in order to meet their so called "green energy quota," why must New Hampshire residents pay for any of it? And what about our "green energy quota"?

It's more important for our state to step back and review its energy policy and development regulations to get things done correctly rather than doing so quickly. At this point, the state has embarked on an energy policy course that's friendly to industrial wind developers, hostile to New Hampshire residents, threatens tourism, threatens our watersheds and does nothing to improve the quality of life that we've all become accustom to. This is wrong and it's bad public policy.

Eventually, with many thanks to residents who publicly expressed their nightmarish Groton Wind stories, the tide will turn where a more viable and achievable energy policy can be developed without destroying people, lives and health.

Ask questions, demand answers and pound the table if you don't get them. Now is the time, not later.

Ray Cunningham