By Jay Dwight
Let me show you the motion picture analogy.
You probably have seen the movie “The Shawshank Redemption” based on Stephen King’s novel where Andy Dufree (played by Tim Robbins) is convicted on circumstantial evidence of murdering his wife.
Dufree is sentenced to two consecutive life sentences at Shawshank State Penitentiary, a fictional prison in Maine. After much noble suffering and struggle, Andy Dufree breaks out, leaving behind evidence of the warden’s corruption and brutality.
In other words, American’s have been condemned for global warming on circumstantial evidence by a stacked jury, and without due process.
The jury was stacked with biased ‘climatologists’, environmental sellouts, bureaucrat enforcers, and industry insiders. The verdict, declared without trial in the Senate, by the Environmental Protection Agency: “CO2 is pollution. Since you can’t control yourselves, we will.”
The jurors then became our self-appointed judges, and wardens, and jailors.
We are promised freedom and independence, a ‘green’ redemption, if we just put in the years and payment.
Only through renewable energy and wind power, they say, will come salvation.
Wind turbines are hailed as ‘free and clean, bringing green jobs’. They will bring “freedom and independence from foreigners who hate us!” they add.
But, they bring decades of torture and servitude, high cost and debt.
America is headed to such a prison it seems to this columnist, replete with sleep deprivation, heavy chains of cost on the ‘inmates’, and strict corrupt ‘jailers and wardens’.
Note what is happening in Maine.
Recently, courageous journalists have written news-stories about health complaints from the people in Maine from Mars Hill, Freedom, and Vinalhaven. Victims of sleep deprivation from recently installed low frequency thrumming of the wind turbines.
Maine’s ‘warden-legislators’ ignore the ‘inmates’ pleas for mercy. The people are literally ‘locked-in’. They now have difficulty selling their homes, because of noise and visual pollution.
Others decry the betrayal and the destruction of Maine’s islands and hills. Beauty that inspires and brings many to our state. They are put down as just ‘NIMBYs.’
The Maine ‘warden-legislators’ gave preferential treatment in expedited permitting for industrial turbines, and excessive compensation to developers and investors of massive wind turbine industrial parks.
Permitting is fast. Appeal is shortened, stifled and silenced. Harmful health effects, and destructive environmental impacts are ignored.
The Maine wind power law, and announced offshore wind power law, will lock Maine people, and the people of the United States, into usurious long-term electricity costs.
Contracts at almost double the current wholesale cost of electricity have been granted by Maine’s Public Utilities Commission to First Wind the gest industrial wind company in Maine.
Contracts amounting to eighty cents per kilowatt-hour have been given by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to First Wind’s subsidiary Deep Water Wind in a twenty-year contract for a planned offshore wind development.
For every onshore wind turbine installed in Maine $1 million to $2 million is added to the national debt. Offshore wind turbines could add $15 to $20 million each to the deficit and debt. Debts incurred to pay up front cash payments to developers.
Costs and debt our children and grandchildren will be shackled to.
Incentives given to industrial wind developers mean there will be scant additions to state or federal tax revenues.
Local property taxes are promised, but few are delivered. The town of Mars Hill for example, receives only a net $100,000 per year from First Wind, the company that owns the turbines installed in 2008.
No other business is given such favorable treatment in the state of Maine, or for that matter in the United States.
Unfortunately, we don’t have documents like Andy Dufree to prove corruption.
Just ‘circumstantial’ connections easy for all to see:
- Former Maine governor and his son: Angus King developer of a $283 million wind project whose son Angus King III is head of mergers and acquisitions at First Wind.
- Former legal counsel and friend of current Governor John Baldacci, Kurt Adams is now Vice President of Transmission Development at First Wind.
- Former employee of the Natural Resources Council of Maine and current Chairman of the Energy and Utilities Committee Jon Hinck and Juliette Brown his wife, is attorney for the wind industry.
- Former defenders of Maine’s mountains and water, The Natural Resources Council of Maine have turned promoters for the wind power industry, after receiving contributions and money for ‘natural resources protection’, in a deal arranged by Juliette Brown
- The hedge fund owners of First Wind have connections high up in the Obama Administration. David E. Shaw, founder of D. E. Shaw (major investor in First Wind), was appointed to President Obama’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology in 2009. Lawrence Summers former employee of D. E. Shaw is now director of the Obama’s National Economic Council.
- In 2009 First Wind was given $115 million in stimulus funds. The company was just granted a $117 loan guarantee to build a project in Hawaii.
- Evidence of collusion between the American Wind Energy Association and government officials at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory are emerging.
But, according our warden-legislators and jailors, there are no problems here.
All this for being falsely convicted on circumstantial evidence? Where is the justice in that?