On November 8, 2004, A 3800 page "Draft Environmental Impact Statement" issued by the Army Corp of Engineers seems to disagree with the theme of
this topic, "Wind Farms Contribute to Global Warming!"
The search for alternative energy sources is a necessity now, today. We do need to protect our environment from pollution and depletion of our
Horseshoe Shoal is the proposed site of this wind farm. The many benefits include lower energy costs, more jobs, and a healthier environment.
It will have no adverse impact on fishing, or general vessel/air navigation. People onshore will not hear the operations and will see only what looks
like line of sail boats on the distant horizon.
From Draft Environmental Impact Statement
Cape Wind will reduce energy costs in several ways including offsetting the burning of expensive fossil fuels, reducing New Englands
dependence on natural gas, and reducing the cost of compliance with the Renewable Energy Portfolio Standards (RPS) for Massachusetts electricity
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Despite all of the good news for the environment, new jobs, and lower energy costs, some of the wealthy and well-known inhabitants of this area are
This from the Boston Herald...
There have been many ironies attached to this project, not the least of which has been the motivations behind those who oppose it: It's
the wealthy vs. everyone else. Karl Marx may be largely discredited, but some of what he observed was correct: Economic class matters. How else can
one explain Democratic powerhouse Ted Kennedy allying
himself with Republican Gov. Mitt Romney [related, bio] to oppose the plan?
link to Boston Herald
It seems that only good can come from this project.
The NIMBY (not in my back yard) attitude of some people is worrying. Both Kennedy and Romney seem to be for other methods of good environmental
And this from the Cape Cod Times
BOSTON - The Conservation Law Foundation has called on Gov. Mitt Romney and Sen. Edward Kennedy to reconsider their opposition to the Cape Wind
project in light of favorable findings in a draft environmental impact statement released yesterday.
link to Cape Cod Times
It doesn't seem as though Washington is moving fast enough to find new means of conserving our natural resources and reducing CO2 emissions. The
Cape Wind project can be a model of what can be accomplished.
this from the Boston Globe
THERE IS a "think globally, act locally" rightness to the fact that the
environmental report for the Cape Wind power project came on the same day scientists laid out the dramatic effects global warming is having on the
Arctic. The report on Cape Wind's 130-turbine proposal finds few costs to marine or bird life that might outweigh the project's benefits to both the
environment and the economy.
link to Boston Globe