To The Daily Sun,
Last week I received a survey call from TargetPoint Consulting. I am writing this letter to set the record straight. Initially it appeared to be another typical political poll in which the interviewer asked opinions regarding Senator Kelly Ayotte and Governor Maggie Hassan. However, the remainder of the poll consisted of questions concerning opinions of Northern Pass and several questions regarding Kinder Morgan.
The problem with the survey is that a series of questions asked were based on false premises, which, for someone who has not followed the Northern Pass project in depth would answer the question based on the false premise set forth. This type of manipulative survey is known as a "push poll", that is, ask leading questions to get the result you want to attain.
For example, I was told that burial of the Northern Pass would cost five to 10 times as much as erecting overhead lines. This is blatantly false, but Eversource/Northern Pass executives continue to perpetuate this misinformation. Moreover, the Northern Pass executives have never even attempted to provide any supporting documentation to substantiate this claim. However, if you are given false information and then told that you, the ratepayer, will foot the cost of burial, and, if you are unaffected by the blight of the 2,300 steel towers which Northern Pass will erect, you will respond that you would probably live with the towers.
You must know the truth that you will never hear from any Northern Pass-sponsored survey, that is, that this project is merchant-funded and for-profit. This means that it is not needed to keep the lights on and it is merely being proposed to make a profit for the corporate executives of Eversource and their shareholders. Their only motive is to reap the greatest profit at the least possible cost no matter what damage it may cause to property values and the beauty of the state.
This Connecticut-based corporation and its foreign partner, Hydro Quebec, do not care one scintilla about the folks of New Hampshire. So, if you get a Northern Pass survey, listen very carefully to the couching of the questions asked. Northern Pass is not New Hampshire's friend.
Lee Ann Moulder
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