Opinions & Editorials

Interior Secretary should allow wind farm to proceed

...No matter where you build in the eastern United States, you are likely to mar someone's view or disturb land that some group considers valuable. In this case, the plan's potential benefits outweigh the drawbacks.

The wind farm's developers aim to provide 75 percent of the electricity for the Cape and nearby islands. And the project would be an early test of wind power's feasibility, taking advantage of the area's rare natural setting to push costs down.   The tribes and other locals, on the other hand, would have to put up with windmills many miles offshore. Mr.

Cape Wind responds to Joe Kennedy

In his Jan. 14 guest commentary, Joe Kennedy announced that he now opposes the development of offshore wind energy. By doing so, Mr. Kennedy has put himself at odds with not only the energy and environmental policies of the United States, Massachusetts and Europe, but also with the most respected environmental and health advocacy organizations, as well as his own prior positions.Click here to read this Op Ed by Dennis Duffy in the Cape Cod Times

Letters to the editor

Recent Letters to the Editor in favor of Cape Wind published in USA Today, the Boston Globe, the New York Times, and the Wall Street Journal.

USA Today
Yes to Cape Wind
Peter H. Connelly - Vero Beach, Fla.
Sadly, many Americans continue to be dangerously shortsighted when it comes to energy needs and our priorities. We are not going to be independent of anti-American nations with huge reserves of oil if we do not begin to break down some of the barriers to alternative energy ("Cape Wind battles reflect lack of energy seriousness," Our view, Alternative power debate, Jan. 11).

Enough of crosswinds

...Interior Department officials pledge to get the project off the ground by April. The Boston Globe reported last week that Mr. Salazar is allowing public comment until Feb. 12 and hopes to have a compromise worked out by March 1. If no compromise is reached, the feds could then take the matter into their own hands.

Cape Wind is a worthy, environmentally responsible proposal — and a patient one.

Balancing act in Nantucket Sound

...People opposed to Cape Wind often frame the debate as between preserving the pristine nature of Nantucket Sound versus the change that will come with an industrial-scale wind farm. I think this is a false premise that Salazar needs to examine, because Nantucket Sound is not pristine, and it is certainly changing right now, even though those changes may be hard to see.

With our reliance on fossil fuels, we are changing the temperature and the chemistry of Nantucket Sound.

NY Times Editorial - Wind Power

Ken Salazar, the interior secretary, has decided that nine years of wrangling over a proposed wind farm off the Massachusetts coast must come to an end — even if it requires his personal intervention. This is the best news this controversial, yet important, project has received in a long time.

...Cape Wind and its 130 turbines would be located in what may be the most propitious offshore site in the country: shallow water protected from heavy waves; strong, steady winds; and proximity to consumers and industries that would benefit from its power.

Salazar should quickly resolve tribal objections to Cape Wind

THE OBAMA administration will risk forfeiting any claim to leadership in green energy if Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar does not quickly resolve the last sticking point in the Cape Wind plan: the poorly grounded finding by an Interior official that the wind turbines’ site on Nantucket Sound is significant enough to local Wampanoag tribes to be eligible for listing in the National Register of Historic Places.

Creating energy, with majestic grace

Indeed, Sturgeon’s General Store here is on track to sell its 1,000th T-shirt commemorating its turbine-topped mountain by the end of the year. Owner Norm Sturgeon, 54, compared the aesthetic of a mountain turbine to “a sail on the boat in the Caribbean.’’  Sturgeon, whose store sits with a half-dozen of the turbines, said he was surprised by the T-shirt sales, designed based on a photograph by his wife, Cathy.

“I guess it is because people see the mountain profile and realize how beautiful it still is with the windmills,’’ Norm said.