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Wednesday, February 18, 2009

A Mighty Wind

The feds start blowing mighty money at the states today. Maine expects somewhat over a billion, which seems like chump change these days except when you remember that it still takes almost 32 years to count to a billion at the rate of one number per second. Another way to look at it is that the money equals about $1,000 for each of Maine's citizens. It will really have an effect. And healthcare and education will get the majority of the funds.

Camden might be blowing mini-money back. Apparently, the winds at the top of Ragged Mountain are consistent and strong enough to make wind turbines profitable. Since the mountain is already partly developed (the Snow Bowl ski area), and far enough away from NIMBY-ites (and Ted Kennedys), it sounds like a good plan. The view from Hosmer Pond might not be quite as attractive, and the hiking and snow-shoeing trails may have a new sound to accompany the babbling brook and the birds, but these are small prices to pay. I wonder if Maine gets any money for alternative energy?

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