Tilting at Windmills

Literally, that is and not like Cervantes’ Don Quixote.

Interior Secretary Ken Salazar approved the Cape Wind renewable energy project on federal submerged lands in Nantucket Sound. This would be the nation’s first offshore wind farm, off Cape Cod, Massachusetts.

“The Cape Wind project will generate enough power to meet 75 percent of the electricity demand for Cape Cod, Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket Island combined. The project would create several hundred construction jobs and be one of the largest greenhouse gas reduction initiatives in the nation, cutting carbon dioxide emissions from conventional power plants by 700,000 tons annually”, according to the statement released by Mr. Salazar.

The late Sen. Ted Kennedy, was vehemently opposed to Cape Wind and critics believe that the project will endanger wildlife, air and sea traffic, and ruin historic vistas. However, two major environmental groups, Greenpeace and the Sierra Club, endorse it.

Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick strongly favors the construction of the 130-turbine wind farm.“America needs offshore wind power, and with this project, Massachusetts will lead the nation,” Mr. Patrick declared. While there are differences of opinion, he said, “on balance, Cape Wind is good for our environment and good for our energy needs.”


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