To the Editor,
The failure of Acconia Energy of Chicago to bring on stream their multi-million dollar wind farms near Amherst and Aulac, may be a blessing in disguise.
The technology exists, and has for some time, to harness our Tantramar winds in a far less costly way, to produce sufficient energy not only to power and heat every home in the province, but to produce surplus energy in a form which would make this area a world player in an emerging form of "green" energy supply.
Other energy corporations including some belonging to Enron, knew of this technology but discarded the idea; publicly because it was too futuristic, but privately because its profitability might be hampered by politics.
They like their secure 10 per cent net profits at many levels, so they can collect their fat corporate bonuses and enormous executive salaries. It is now time to change things, and we can start right now here in Amherst.
History tells us that major, revolutionary, changes in energy production and distribution required a very public, and democratic, collection of wills to make the necessary massive infrastructure changes a success.
The steam engine was put to its best use at the time by forward looking political leaders making railroads possible (Sir Charles Tupper and Cyrus Eaton from Pugwash were involved.)
Electricity needed lots of copper wire, but also the political will to arrange rights of way for power lines and poles every couple of hundred feet.
I wish it was still a public utility.
Think about more recent examples such as atomic energy and its provision by wise, strong governments.
We are in a recession (depression?), and we need wise government spending on a massive scale on infrastructure for the future.
Let's put our own wind to work.
Fortunately, the dithering, weak MacDonald government is on its way out, and a strong leader of a party with, for a change, the needs and wishes of we, the people, in mind, is in the wings.
All we need to do is vote carefully, and soon.
John M. Hill, Northport, N.S.