Windfall to be screened in Portland, Angus King unlikely to attend
I’m guessing Senate candidate Angus King won’t be attending the screening of Windfall tomorrow night at the Nickelodeon Theater in Portland at 7 p.m. Unless he wants to be lynched by an angry mob.
Sweetgrass and I are headed to the big city specifically to see the film and I invite you to join us. This critically-acclaimed documentary by Laura Israel documents the trials and tribulations of a New York town beset with trouble after agreeing to become home to a wind farm. Here’s a description:
“Wind power… it’s sustainable … it burns no fossil fuels…it produces no air pollution. What’s more, it cuts down dependency on foreign oil. That’s what the people of Meredith, in upstate New York first thought when a wind developer looked to supplement the rural farm town’s failing economy with a farm of their own -- that of 40 industrial wind turbines. WINDFALL, a beautifully photographed feature length film, documents how this proposal divides Meredith’s residents as they fight over the future of their community. Attracted at first to the financial incentives that would seemingly boost their dying economy, a group of townspeople grow increasingly alarmed as they discover the impacts that the 400-foot high windmills slated for Meredith could bring to their community as well as the potential for financial scams. With wind development in the United States growing annually at 39 percent, WINDFALL is an eye-opener that should be required viewing for anyone concerned about the environment and the future of renewable energy.”
In western Maine, where I live, the environmentally-conscious realize that industrial wind projects like Angus King’s are bad for everyone except for the windmill owner. But I’ve discovered that some of my urban pals and friends who live on the shore seem to think that mountain top wind power is green energy. Perhaps by watching Windfall, they’ll understand the truth.
Big Wind is bad. Just like Big Oil and Big Gas. Except it is easier for blowhard wind pitchmen to sell the spinning blades as an efficient and mindful way to generate power. Because we like to think there is a feel-good, easy answer to the energy issues facing Mainers. Subsidizing Angus King and his posse to turn wind into electricity, Angus King insists, will help solve our addiction to oil. (Of course, only the weatherization of Maine’s ancient housing stock would truly reduce our dependency on the black gold. But it’s impossible for speculators to scam millions by helping old folks make their homes less drafty.)
I’m currently researching a piece for next month’s Bollard about Angus King. The deeper I delve into his connections to the energy sector, the more outraged I become. He must think we’re suckers. Does he really believe Mainers will ignore that he’s a deal-making-lawyer-banker-subsidy-taking plutocrat? He must have. Otherwise he never would have thrown his huge hat into the race for Senate.
Hope to see you at the movies. Click here to view the trailer for Windfall.