...Secretary Salazar should say yes to the Cape Wind project.
Opinions & Editorials
...The criticisms of the project do not come close to outweighing its enormous promise. Cape Wind would be located in what may be the most propitious offshore site in America: shallow water protected from heavy waves; strong, steady winds; and close proximity to thousands of consumers and industries that would benefit from clean power. The secretary’s choice is clear.Click here to read this editorial in the New York Times
COMMENTARY BY JOANN FITZPATRICK —
Absolutely no serious objection to the proposed Cape Wind project in Nantucket Sound has been validated in the nine-plus years since the wind farm was proposed.
This month will mark the ultimate governmental approval – and it must be an approval – from the U.S. Department of the Interior. Interior Secretary Ken Salazar has said he will decide by the end of April. A go-ahead puts Massachusetts in the forefront of green energy development. It marks a triumph of rational thought over NIMBYism.
...Of arguably greater importance, the wind farm promises to steer America toward use of alternative energy. Given that the movement for a wind farm in Nantucket Sound began in 2001 and has been very highly publicized, advocates for climate change mitigation cannot afford to lose this battle. Nor, it seems, can the planet.Click here to read this editorial in the Harvard Crimson
By Rosabeth Moss Kanter
Leaders who create extraordinary new possibilities are passionate about their mission and tenacious in pursuit of it. Many people have good ideas, but many fewer are willing to put themselves on the line for them.
In the next few weeks, Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar will make a momentous decision — the official, final, formal record of decision on permitting the nation's first offshore wind farm, Cape Wind.
...We suggest that the time for action is at hand. If the Obama administration is serious about the promise of alternative energies, there is more than enough information on the record to justify giving Cape Wind the go-ahead. A nation that is unwilling to put solid ideas to the test is one that will inherit plenty of wind — but no electrical power to show for it. Click here to read this Worcester Telegram & Gazette editorial
Eight years ago, I was strongly opposed to the wind farm on Nantucket Sound. I didn't think it was worth it to trade the aesthetic and spiritual values of a beautiful natural environment for a limited contribution to our nation's energy problems. Today, I strongly support Cape Wind.Click here to read this Op Ed in the Cape Cod Times
As the U.S. Interior Department nears a decision on Cape Wind's proposal to build 130 wind turbines on Nantucket Sound, rhetoric rises from oceanic depths to 400-foot molehills.
Opponents have allied with Wampanoags aiming to protect views of sacred grounds, er, sacred waters, er, sacred something, when tribes aren't busy promoting casinos. As a fan of Cape Wind, I'd be satisfied with a large fraction of local electricity issuing from silent, nonpolluting technology.
...The environmental concerns have been laid to rest by thorough review. Even the latest charge, that the Bush administration "rushed" the review process, doesn't challenge the conclusions officials reached. The aesthetic concerns opponents raise, are, at best, overstated.
The U.S. has lagged behind other countries in the development of offshore wind power for years. Far from being rushed, Cape Wind has been through 9 years of redundant reviews. More delay is pointless. Issue your ruling, Mr.