Audio of Chris Braithwaite on Vermont Public Radio this morning talking about being arrested yesterday.
Green Mountain Daily‘s blog post about Chris’s arrest
December 5 Crane Path Blockade
It was cloudy and cool at 6:45 when we met below the mountain to prepare for the day. A band of bright orange rimmed the eastern horizon, and we sang “This Little Light of Mine” to help us focus on our shared purpose and finalize our plans. The walk up was extra slippery from the tracks of over a hundred guests at the Open House yesterday and we were approaching the edge of the crane path at about 8:30.
About two and a half months ago I stood at this boundary and gazed into a misty glade of cherry and yellow birch. Autumn leaves were showing yellow and orange and squirrels were chattering while a jay made a racket nearby. It was a magically beautiful spot, like many I have seen along this ridgeline, and knowing that the property line was disputed made me unaccountably hopeful that there might be time to prevent this place from being leveled for wind towers. So I was surprised to find, when I came back just a week later, that the glade and surrounding areas along the crane path had been clear cut. Of course I now know that this was only one corner that was cut, one problem that was overlooked, by GMP in their haste to lay low this mountain range for industrial scale wind towers. In the weeks that followed, it became harder and harder for me to stand by, and later to retreat, while the layers of the mountain were blasted away. Every passing day made me more convinced that this is not what “renewable” energy looks like. Continue reading