Saint Albans Messenger; December 7, 2016
After reading the article in Saturday’s Messenger concerning Swanton Wind, I was amused at the statements of Anthony Iarrapino, the lawyer representing Swanton Wind. It seems that the new mantra to try to shove this ill-advised project upon the citizens of Franklin County is to associate it to a “Working Landscape” as if that paints it as some great benefit to society. It is not.
Comparing it to dairy farms and timber harvesting is nebulas at best. Dairy farms and sustainable timber harvesting enhance the beauty of the state they do not take away from it, They are the reasons that Vermont is recognized around the country if not the world for its mostly unspoiled, beautiful landscape.
It is not surprising that Iarrapino can come up with all sorts of convoluted reasons that this project is warranted, as he is paid for it. Another one is trying to link it to “climate change.” Vermont’s landscape could be destroyed by thousands of these ugly turbines and it would not amount to a drop in the ocean and have virtually no effect.
It is much more valuable to the citizens of Vt. to preserve the natural ambience of the state for our grandchildrens enjoyment, rather than turn it into an industrial site for the monetary benefit of a few. Mr Iarrapino; you can paint a pig any color you want but its still a pig.!
Jeff B. Pignona, St. Albans