Is wind energy an example of smoke and mirrors?

The quote below is a response to John Harrigan's article about the proposed industrial windfarm in Coos County. The article, "smoke and mirrors" appears in Monday's Union Leader.

From an economic standpoint I think there are issues of variability and the larger question of exactly how much taxbase an energy project like this would bring to an already depressed Coos County. I'm confident the debate and the economics will continue on. It always does.

But my questions are the role of the local elected officials in this whole project. From the response,

"Ray Burton is doing and song and dance for it, yet if you ask him questions concerning wind energy he doesn't know the answers. And then there is Fred King, a long time politician that doesn't know when to leave. I guess greed becomes a way of life."

Does greed become a way of life? I don't find the performance of Councilor Burton to be surprising. Not long ago I asked him to explain why he supports spending $10 million dollars on the St. Lawrence & Atlantic Railroad through Coos County. A project that I think mostly benefits Maine. I found his response to be like the quote above. I'm also frustrated by his performance as a Grafton County Commissioner, recently he proposed removing the Grafton County Treasurer and replacing her with someone who doesn't even want the position.

"I'm not voting for any e-mails or any half-baked ideas." Burton said.

I'm glad the next election is never more than two years away. Not that that will make a heck of alot of difference but at least there is the idea of issues that can get better.

Because something needs to happen.

"Thank you John Harrigan!!! Perhaps you will have some influence in getting the article printed in the News and Sentinel in Colebrook area. They have not cooperated in any article concerning this industrial wind farm. Thanks to the Union Leader and your guts to write it.

As I read some of these comments I can see that there are a few people that are being sucked into "green energy" by industrial wind farms believing that it will lower our carbon print and lower our bills. Please do research, it will not.

Noble Environmental Services is working in the same fashion in Coos County as they did in upper state New York. Allegations of payoffs to officials; silencing locals either with money or intimidation and scare tatics.

Mark Lyons and his crew has been handed this County on a silver platter by our County Commissioners. Ray Burton is doing and song and dance for it, yet if you ask him questions concerning wind energy he doesn't know the answers. And then there is Fred King, a long time politician that doesn't know when to leave. I guess greed becomes a way of life.

Open your eyes Coos County residents because you are about to be shafted by paying for this big industrial project. Second jobs---will they be available to us to help pay for this mess when the politicians have been paid off and the corporation has left town and the destruction it has left to us and the environment????

Think about it!!!!!!"
- Kathlyn Keene, Jefferson, New Hampshire