If those who have opposed Cape Wind and other renewable energy projects as “too costly” actually understood and considered the indirect and external costs of fossil-fuel-generated power, they’d be begging for more Cape Winds up and down our coast.Click here to read this Op Ed in the Barnstable Patriot by Richard Elrick
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...While David and Charles Koch, as detailed in the New Yorker article, have focused their spending on nurturing “Americans for Prosperity” and similar national efforts their brother William Koch has been focused on local denial – heavily funding lobbying against the Cape Wind project which he apparently feels would damage the view from his vacation home.
...Now that gas prices are down, the high capital costs of anchoring huge turbine towers in Nantucket Sound make Cape Wind less of a bargain — in the short term. In the longer term, consumers will get a power source with zero fuel costs, a welcome hedge against the unpredictable fluctuations of natural gas prices.
AFTER NEARLY 10 years of intense technical review, Cape Wind has received government permitting from an endless array of local, state, and federal agencies. Now the only question is whether it is cost effective. The answer is a resounding yes.
Here's an irony for you: The same ocean breezes that are pushing oil onto the beaches and wetlands of the Gulf of Mexico could be helping to power our country and reduce our dependence on those very fossil fuels.
Editorial from Boston Business Journal (May 21-May 27, 2010)
He's nine years into a regulatory odyssey. His project has been ambushed by political forces near and far. But the rest of the country has finally caught up to Jim Gordon, CEO of Cape Wind, who had the temerity (and more importantly, the resources) to propose putting 130 turbines in Nantucket Sound. Now he has half of his power sold to National Grid, and construction of the wind farm may begin as soon as the end of the year.
Memo to Cape Wind foes: Enough already
The arguments have been studied, debated, and finally decided. There's only one thing left to do: Move on.
My alarm clock is set to NPR and this morning I woke up to a series of two stories that gave me reason to pause. One was about the broken natural gas pipeline leaking five times more fossil fuel into the Gulf of Mexico than initially estimated. The other was about the approval of a wind farm off the coast of Cape Cod.Click here to read this Op Ed in the Cape Cod Times by C. Elizabeth Kimmel
...Decision time for the project comes at a pivotal moment in the country’s effort to reduce emissions of greenhouse gases. Prospects are uncertain in Congress for climate-change legislation. Approval of Cape Wind would show the administration is determined to advance carbon-free sources of energy — not just in the distant future, but right now.
...Nine years ago, a group of businessmen proposed a wind farm off Cape Cod, but the worthy project has stalled in a labyrinthine approval process. U.S. Interior Secretary Ken Salazar plans to announce his decision by Friday. He should approve the project.