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Letter: Who’s this ‘we’?

Maybe it’s just because I oppose the Northern Pass “project” as currently conceived, but I am skeptical that the Monitor’s Letters to the Editor column is the proper forum for the opinions of corporate public relations professionals like Martin Murray who are paid advocates for the interests of their employers.

In his letter published last week (“Too much gas,” March 25) Murray does not identify the “we” on whose behalf he speaks, but presumably it is the corporations whose interests he’s charged with advancing. If the Northern Pass is built – all 180 miles of massive steel towers, cutting through the White Mountain National Forest on down through New Hampshire to Deerfield – Hydro-Quebec, the Canadian corporation hungry to sell its product for profit in the United States, stands to make billions, and PSNH, which will receive rental income from the placement of Northern Pass towers on the many miles of New Hampshire easements that it owns, stands to not become obsolete.

We, on the other hand, get stuck with the destruction of our scenic vistas, historic town centers, tourism prospects, and property values.

No one disagrees that renewable power, responsibly generated, is a good thing. It’s the manner in which the power is transmitted that is a problem. It is Murray’s job to make us believe that the only way to bring hydro-power to southern New England is to cut through New Hampshire with a highway of high-voltage overhead transmission lines, an outdated technology developed in the 1800s. Don’t buy it.



Legacy Comments6

That is not a bad idea GWTW. Revitalize the old rail beds and bury the high tension lines 20 feet below the track bed.

Only 20 feet?

abundant reliable cheap power is necessary for the future of the USA - this is a national security issue and the NYMBYs need to buck up and do their part for America's future

I only meant that there is at least one other more technologically advanced alternative--undergrounding. I wouldn't turn up my nose at a cheap way of getting to Montreal, but I also wouldn't high-five a plan to do that by steam locomotive.

I don't like the Northern Pass, I don't think we should dot the landscape with windmills and I don't think that we should pursue rail travel anywhere in the state. There has already been too much destruction of our natural beauty.

This debate is interesting. I wonder if a majority of people who are against NP would support a passenger train to Montreal. "an outdated technology developed in the 1800s."...hmmm

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