Midwest, for example, where they can be “
two-dimensional,” but on our ridgelines they make no
sense economically and have a negligible effect
on carbon emissions, while destroying some of
the loveliest scenery and most delicate habitat
in our region.
Five and ten years ago, the notion was that we
shouldn’t pick a winner, we should let the different
alternative energy technologies mature and sort
themselves out. Well, New England has now tried
wind, and it is failing. Solar is already competitive
in price, if not cheaper, and it is nowhere near
as destructive to landscapes and ecosystems.
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miles of transmission lines. Rooftop solar, which
is intrinsically distributed and won’t need such
infrastructure, is clearly the better alternative.
Mosher’s piece was so inspiring that it prompted
me to give a subscription to some friends, so they
could read it and all the other wonderful articles
you have in your magazine.
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A Real Head-Scratcha
To the Editors:
Since I do not make current use of my undergraduate forestry education, I thoroughly enjoy my
quarterly reading of your most excellent magazine. I have always felt that language is so important, so I especially look forward to the Ecological
Etymologist, a wonderful recent addition.
Your recent discussion of “popple” piqued my
interest. As you may know, native Mainers have a
rather unique way of speaking. And I say that with
great respect. As a relative newcomer to Maine,
and as someone with some knowledge of dendrology, I had always wondered why locals call the
various aspens “popl.” Before reading your article,
I assumed that it had to do with the local penchant
for replacing a trailing r with an a and a trailing a
with an r. To wit, “Brendr ate lobsta.” So, I was
thinking that the true Mainer from here in my neck
of the woods would be confused with dropping the
r from poplar, finding an a, replacing that with an
r, which is then dropped – resulting in “popl”. It all
made sense to me. While I would still like to think
my explanation has merit, I should also give credence to your recent account. Many thanks for the
continuing education via your superb magazine.
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To the Editors:
That charcoal drawing [Taut Hitch, page 50, by
Kathleen Kolb] prompted me to take a few pictures of my old John Deere 440A skidder and a
I’m 81 years old and still logging. The “poker”
attached to one of the chokers is my own design,
3/8 soft steel rod welded at the ring, 12 inches long.
Better than a loose one that seems to get lost.
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It would take wind towers on half of the iconic
mountain ridgelines of my home state to supply
our own modest electrical needs, while it would
only take one percent of our existing farmland
to do the job with solar – and this is leaving out
rooftops and small yards and fields.
As a non-fiction writer, I found myself envious
of Mosher’s ability to encapsulate the issue so
succinctly and to hit all the right notes. One he hits
very well is the fact that industrial wind is almost
always located in the most distant and pristine
– and usually poorest – areas, and is gradually transforming them into ”energy ghettos” in
order to supply power to distant cities. The next
thing coming down the pike will be thousands of