Letter: Many reasons to oppose Northern Pass
The Northern Pass project seems riddled with inconsistencies.
It appears to be an unnecessary project, ill-conceived and pushed by corporate greed for the following reasons: the seeming disregard for the environmental effects on the Quebec indigenous population, the harmful results of flooding vast areas without taking into account the effects of increased CO2 production, methane and lead pollution,and loss of wild habitat. There is also some reliable evidence that more electric power will not be needed in the Northeast in the near future.
Our needs can be better met by the rapid growth in the areas of alternative energy sources – solar, wind, geothermal and tidal – plus better insulation of present buildings and supporting the local biomass industry. Why aren’t PSNH offocials more interested in these and other alternatives? The answer is self-evident: There is little profit in it for them.
The project also makes us much more vulnerable to cyber attack and catastrophic outages due to storms and ice damage. The current Time magazine has an excellent article on our energy situation, citing statistics on the rapid growth of solar, wind and other alternatives that will help meet our future electric needs.
Chipping away at the unique and valuable scenic treasures of New Hampshire, damage to land values and the tourist industry and health considerations are other important reasons we do not want or need Northern Pass. We must try to limit the compromising of our environment by big corporations that are primarily motivated by profit, not taking into account the effect on the quality of life of our New Hampshire citizens.
WARD R. STOOPS