Last spring I did a post titled COMMUNITY ACCEPTANCE OF WIND IN LITTLE APPALACHIA, it was about an outreach specialist Marion Trieste (Trieste Associates), she was hired by British Petroleum in 2008, to do "outreach work” for their proposed Cape Vincent wind complex.
The focus of this post was a webinar that highlighted the methods used by Trieste to facilitate a community’s acceptance of wind.
Among other things in this webinar, Trieste described rural New York as little Appalachia.
What exactly did Trieste mean by Little Appalachia?
Was she drawing on the typical stereotypes associated with Appalachia?
Was she saying that the people living in rural New York are naive, inbred, illiterate, toothless hicks in bib overalls, swilling moonshine from jugs hanging from their belts?
Was she painting Cape Vincent with the same stereotypes used to entertain people?
Things like the Beverly Hillbillies, Hee Haw, the Dukes of Hazard and Deliverance?
Or was Trieste referring to the economic hardships in Appalachia, created by companies much like BP, that exploit the natural resources for a profit, exacted at the expense of the people, and the environment.