Open letter to the Sierra Club
To the Editor:
I have been a member of the Sierra Club for over 30 years, but I no longer intend to support your organization. Perhaps you would be interested in knowing why.
My anger centers on Tristram Korten's article in the March/April 2012 issue of your magazine -- which offers high praise for Vermont's Governor Shumlin but offers not a whiff or mention of the strong opposition to the governor's welcoming attitude toward wind power in this state. Any reporter or journalist worth his salt would easily have picked this up and at the very least would have mentioned it.
Opposition to wind power in Vermont has to do not with wind power in general but wind power in particular in this state. No, it's not quite NIMBY. Unlike other states, the fact is neighboring Hydro-Quebec sits there with enough excess energy to supply Vermont forever -- hence no need to tear up Vermont's ridge lines, as a governor's adviser wants to do (he advocates 200 miles of wind turbines).