Duxbury Selectmen Heed Citizen Message
“After the local opposition group Duxbury Wind Wise made its presentation, Duxbury’s selectmen voted to recommend that the town’s Alternative Energy Committee give up a plan to seek local funding to continue its study of the North Hill site.” This is the crux of a January 5, 2012 article by Boston Globe correspondent Robert Knox.
But instead of leading with this actual news, Knox sells his article with the false assertions of pro-wind advocates. Knox quotes the cochairman of Sustainable Duxbury and the chairman of the Sustainable Energy Committee accusing that there are outside resources being used to influence the town.
It is somewhat understandable that this reporter might have mixed up Duxbury Wind Wise with Wind Wise ~ Massachusetts. WWMA is a statewide alliance, not an organization. Before its name was chosen in May 2011 there was already a Windwise Cape Cod and Fairhaven. Since then Duxbury adopted a variation of the wind wise phrase. Other affiliates were more direct, as with No Brimfield Wind or more circumspect, as in the case of Preserve Lenox Mountain. Each group addresses its own concerns in the way it finds best for its community, and when necessary raises funds for lawn signs, bumper stickers, billboards, lawyers, consultants, and speakers.
These groups have at least one thing in common. They pool information from experts, from people living with turbines, and from investigating the project on their doorstep.
When it comes to industrial wind, the facts speak for themselves. No expensive lobbying campaign required.