Wind power attracts its share of proponents and critics.  I have received my fair share of nasty-grams touting wind power not as a panacea, but as just one tool in our country’s energy kit.  The debate over wind power has hit a fever pitch across the country, from the Pacific Northwest to New England.

Former Maine Governor Angus King, an independent, sounded off today against critics of wind power.  Calling out a Saudi Prince who told Fareed Zakaria on CNN that he hopes the US does not find alternatives to fossil fuels, Gov. King has this to say to wind opponents:

The truth is that we face a stark reality in energy. Either we stay addicted to oil or go and find alternatives (there's that phrase again), which means two things: change and choices. The question isn't whether we need energy -- it's the basis of our economy and daily life -- but rather where will it come from and what are the costs and trade-offs between the various options for producing it. The key word here is choice, and doing nothing is, in itself, a choice -- almost undoubtedly the wrong one.

No one wants wind turbines in their own backyard, but we do not want to pay high energy prices, either.  The debate in Maine is just one of many occurring throughout the USA--but sending money outside of your state for energy sourced from elsewhere is not a great option in the long run.

Read the entire op-ed in the Portland Press Telegram.

Photo is of Farmington, Maine.

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Leon Kaye

Leon Kaye is the founder and editor of Based in California, he specializes in social media consulting and strategic communications. A journalist and writer since 2009, his work has appeared on Triple Pundit , The Guardian's Sustainable Business site and has appeared on Inhabitat and Earth911. His focus is making the business case for sustainability and corporate social responsibility. Areas of interest include the <a Middle East, sustainable development in The Balkans, Brazil and Korea. He was a new media journalism fellow at the International Reporting Project, for which he covered child survival in India during February 2013. Contact him at You can also reach out via Twitter (Leon Kaye) and Instagram (GreenGoPost). Since 2013, he has spent much of his time in Abu Dhabi, UAE, working with Masdar, the emirate's renewable energy company. He lives in Fresno, California.