John Harrigan: Volunteer rescuers, inside and out, and a pass on the Northern Pass
Hearings on the Northern Pass proposal drew jam-packed crowds in Concord, Plymouth, Whitefield and Colebrook.
Evidently people all over the state, especially down bellow the notches, are waking up to the dire implications of this project, and the fact that New Hampshire does not need the power (we export around 75 percent as much electricity as we use), we don't want the power line, and we won't get the power, which will mainly benefit the Hartford-New York City markets. We are nothing but a doormat.
How to bury the power line? The utilities pushing Northern Pass have claimed all along that it would be too expensive to bury it, even as similar major projects in Maine and New York are doing just that.
None of the speakers said anything about Northern Pass claims of its hydro energy being "clean and green," so I'll say it (again) here.
Let's see, basic high school biology 101. Trees sequester carbon and give off oxygen. Hydro-Quebec has flooded hundreds of thousands of acres in the far north, drowning billions of standing trees and other vegetation, which are now decomposing and emitting carbon, not to mention mercury.
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A recent Union Leader editorial rightly commended trained rescuers and citizen volunteers who are always at the ready to spring forth when an incredibly taxing mountain rescue is needed, often under the most severe conditions. The editorial mentioned several stellar examples of this professional-citizen symbiotic relationship, to me the epitome of the New Hampshire way.
People seated nearby immediately rushed to her aid, while emergency and medical personnel, many of whom were in the crowd, helped stabilize her for transport to Upper Connecticut Valley Hospital.
The crowd, the speakers and the U.S. Department of Energy officials at the head table gave the woman a standing ovation - meant equally for those who rushed to help - as EMT personnel wheeled her out to the ambulance.
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