Letter: Ignored in Concord on Energy

To the Editor:

An awful lot of people are writing letters and buying commercial time to chastise U.S. Sen. Kelly Ayotte, R-N.H., over her vote on expanded background checks. The first thing I thought was, “Where’s the outrage over what our state senators and representatives did to ignore our wishes right here?

Hundreds of voters and taxpayers packed the Statehouse in Concord in February in support of HB580, a moratorium on new energy facilities. The small handful of opponents were either nonresidents or those in a position to make money from these projects. This bill and every other one in the House regarding reining in corporations’ right to ruin our natural resources was tabled by the Science, Energy and Technology Committee — essentially doing nothing to protect our rights. Dozens of us drove to Concord again in March when there was a public hearing on SB99, another call for a moratorium, in the Energy and Natural Resources Committee. After most of us left the room because they had moved on to another bill, the bill was revisited, amended (stripped) and voted on.

But it’s not dead yet. Please contact your state representatives and ask them to vote in favor of SB99. Let them know we’re disappointed in how our concerns for the energy future and preservation of our natural resources have been discounted thus far in the legislative session, but that they can find some redemption by doing the right thing now on SB99.

Cindy Kudlik