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Call for moratorium on wind power in Vt.

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MONTPELIER, Vt. -

The debate over wind power in Vermont made its way to the Statehouse Thursday, with calls for putting the brakes on new development.

Legislators joined opponents to large-scale wind projects to support proposed legislation that calls for a three-year moratorium. The group pointed to the turbine project on Lowell Mountain as destructive to the environment and bad for Vermont's ridgelines.

Opponents to the ban say wind projects provide clean energy and are good for the economy.

"This moratorium effort is not intended to stop our progress toward effecting climate change, to the contrary all that we are doing is asking that in the case of this one particular tool is that the effort be done right," said Sen. Joe Benning, R-Caledonia County.

"It's stupid. It's the wrong thing to do. If you want Vermont to have jobs and actually have a vibrant economy it's the wrong message to give to the rest of the U.S.," said David Blittersdorf of Georgia Mountain Community Wind.

A 2012 survey by WCAX, WDEV and Vermont Business Magazine shows 69 percent of Vermonters said they support wind energy development on Vermont ridgelines, 17 percent opposed it and 13 percent said they were not sure.

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