To The Daily Sun,
Moving to New Hampshire 17 years ago provided the opportunity to live a more desired lifestyle. My husband and I both have stressful, demanding careers and living in a rural New Hampshire community gave us the balance we sought. We love the mountains, lakes and wildlife that surround us. While we have never been politically minded, nor did we want to be, issues involving our town compelled us to take a closer look and get involved.
Industrial wind turbines are targeted for our town. Monstrosities that would tower nearly 500 feet tall. These projects will decrease property values, change the landscape, destroy our beautiful ridge lines, pollute the watersheds, displace wildlife and kill birds. Most recently, the northern long-eared bat was put on the threatened species list. The industrial wind turbine project would infringe upon their habitat. Can we afford to lose an entire species? Do people realize how vital bats are to the environment and the balance of nature?
How can this happen? Well, these corporations have been subsidized by the federal government with our tax dollars to promote sustainable energy. Industrial wind turbines in the Northeast are not sustainable, and studies have indicated this time and time again. However, our representatives in Concord are not listening. This has prompted my town and several other communities in New Hampshire to pass a Rights Based Ordinance (RBO). This declares our right to local self government and puts the rights of the people over the rights of large corporations.
The RBO is based on our state Constitution. Citizens have rights. We don't want to be bullied. We don't want to be left with the consequences of failed projects, projects that have not proven to be even close to providing sustainable energy. They have only proven to cost an exorbitant amount of taxpayers' money with the energy being exported out of state and the profits stuffing foreign companies' pockets. I urge your readers to get involved. The future of our beautiful state is at stake. Don't allow corporate greed to take over our local communities and do irreparable harm.