Newt Gingrich was in Littleton Thursday and he put aside national and international issues for one focused on one of the biggest issues in the North Country: The Northern Pass.
Like a good politician Newt Gingrich couldn’t have come up with a more popular position at a town meeting at the Littleton Opera House.
It had to do with Northern Pass, the proposed hydro-electric project despised by many in the North Country.
In particular it had to do with the federal government’s consideration of a Presidential Permit.
Without that permit, which is necessary for power to enter the United States, the Northern Pass is dead.
And Newt Gingrich used the opportunity to appeal to North Country voters.
“I would only sign a permit that had a buried transmission system that had no visual damage to the beauty of Northern New Hampshire.”
Northern Pass has proposed about 180 miles of electric towers from Canada to the southern part of the state.
Company officials have said it would be too expensive to bury the lines.