My Turn: Northern Pass opponents have picked the wrong target
Opponents of Northern Pass: You are going after the wrong target! A principal argument against Northern Pass is the disturbance in the lovely skyline profiles of distant mountains, spoiling the view for hundreds of thousands of tourists. While you’ve been agitating cancellation of the project (or at least burying the lines), I took a trip to Dixville Notch and noticed several wind turbines up on the ridge. My reaction was, “How did they get there?” I had seen no publicity concerning them.
I was in Plymouth recently and noticed the large number of wind turbines on and near Tenney Mountain. Later as I drove towards the White Mountains, I could see in my mind’s eye wind turbines on every ridge. I was not looking at the whiteness of each tower, I was seeing red! If you think you are going to lose tourists because of a power line, you will lose many more if the construction of wind turbines on the ridges of New Hampshire continues.
The problem with the wind turbine is that the blades move. Even when you are not looking at them directly, you are always seeing movement in the corner of your eye. They can be distracting from noticing more critical movement, such as a car coming the other way. I invite you to take a five hour drive to Chateauguay, N.Y., located not far beyond Lake Champlain. Located on both sides of Highway Route 11 are more than 200 wind turbines. Stop your car among them and decide whether this is what you want for New Hampshire, especially up on the ridges.
Except for a gentle sway in the breeze, high voltage power lines do not move. They do not distract. Many of you have driven on Interstate 89 under the power lines located a few miles west of Concord. Did you know they that they extend from Woburn, Mass. (near Boston), all the way up to the Moore Dam near Littleton? They have been there for more than 50 years. No one seems to be protesting the existence of these lines today.
Continue to oppose Northern Pass. But I hope you will spend more energy, more time and more money opposing wind turbines up on the ridges.
(Brent Scudder lives in New London.)