VT Digger: MARGOLIS: NIMBY HERE, THERE AND EVERYWHERE

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Reposted from the VT Digger. By Jon Margolis. September 22, 2013.

Jon Margolis is VTDigger’s political columnist.

Look out! The NIMBY fraud is coming back.

Not that it ever went far away. Though not always spoken, the suggestion that opponents of one project or another were acting out of self-interest – and thereby defying the greater public good – just because the project went through their neighborhood was never far below the surface of the political debate.

No sooner would someone oppose a new highway, a collection of wind towers, a noisy new airplane, or a garbage dump within sight or sound (or smell) of home, than the chorus would begin: This someone was guilty of NIMBYism, of opposing a worthy undertaking by whining, “not in my back yard.”

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