The people of Vermont have a choice to make. Do we continue with the status quo of generating energy from fossil fuels or do we do our part to stop global warming and move toward wind-generated power?
East Haven Windfarm, of Montpelier, is proposing to install four state-of-the-art wind turbines on the summit ridge of East Mountain in East Haven, Vermont–about thirty miles north of St. Johnsbury, Vermont. More than seven miles from the nearest permanent habitation, these wind turbines will gracefully harness the wind to produce up to six megawatts of clean, emission-free power beginning in the fall of 2006.
Some Vermont residents worry that the wind turbines will change the landscape of Vermont and obscure our beautiful views. They are trying to stop the East Mountain Project.
Chelsea Green’s publisher, Margo Baldwin, came down on the side of wind power in a recent editorial in the Burlington Free Press. Read her editorial below.
In its campaign against clean energy, the Free Press editorial writers once again show they don’t understand the very issues they are trying to explain. Comparing clean energy from wind to the 1936 political fight over the Green Mountain Parkway (Free Press, Feb. 24) is a scare tactic pure and simple. Isn’t it time we have a 2005 debate about energy choices and not continue hashing over old history?
What the Free Press can’t seem to understand is the gravity of the environmental catastrophe facing this state, this country and the world. By stopping wind power, Vermont will not protect its ridgelines. Wind opponents seek to preserve a view out the back window. The coming global rise in temperatures will destroy people’s precious views, along with the ski industry, sugaring business and everything else that makes Vermont Vermont.