Opinions & Editorials

Cape Wind obstructionism - a bad legacy for Kirk

...Governor Patrick also wants the turbines built, as do 86 percent of the state’s residents and all four Democratic contenders for Kennedy’s seat.

Representative Edward Markey, whose name graces the only comprehensive climate change bill passed by either congressional chamber, has encouraged Obama to approve Cape Wind before the international climate change talks begin in Copenhagen next week - a fitting statement of US determination to reduce greenhouse gases.

Now is the time for Cape Wind

Today in the NY Times, there's an exciting article about efforts to develop deepwater, floating wind turbines. The article makes it clear that there are still engineering and major costs hurdles, but I'm hopeful that one day floating wind farms will provide bountiful zero-carbon electricity. But we have to get started today, and fortunately we can.

Nantucket Sound is no artic refuge

Op Ed by Rachel Pachter, Cape Wind Assistant Project Manager, as published in the Cape Cod Times.

Nantucket Sound is no arctic refuge
By RACHEL PACHTER
November 16, 2009 2:15 AM

I applaud Barry Thompson of Hyannis for making one of the more honest arguments against the wind farm we have seen throughout the Cape Wind debate ("Preserving nature is essential duty," My View, Nov. 3). He wants to preserve Nantucket Sound as is.

Mr. Thompson uses the example of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to advocate for the need to preserve Nantucket Sound.

This approach is all wet

...But on Thursday Brona Simon, head of the Massachusetts Historical Commission, said the request needs further study. The tribes, with the backing of the Alliance to Protect Nantucket Sound, argue that because the wind farm will be visible on the horizon, it will interfere with their ancient rituals.

Of course, such a listing would introduce an unprecedented level of new regulation for every current use of the sound - including commercial fishing, shipping, waterfront development and aviation.

Ecologist George Woodwell on Cape Wind & Copenhagen

...In December there will be an important meeting in Copenhagen of the approximately 190 parties that have ratified the 1992 Framework Convention on Climate Change. The hope for that meeting is that it will produce an agreement among the nations to common action in systematically implementing the Convention.

New York Times Editorial

...The tribes’ claim seems unsupportable. “Traditional cultural properties” tend to be defined areas — a ceremonial burial ground, for instance — not a huge, unenclosed portion of the ocean. Awarding Nantucket Bay such status could cast a legal shadow over a host of other activities, including shipping and commercial fishing.

...One way or the other, Mr. Salazar should approve the project. Cape Wind is supported by the Massachusetts government and the great majority of its citizens, who see it as a clean alternative to the power plants that contribute to global warming.

Cape Wind Letters

Read two recent letters in the Boston Globe, one Op Ed in the Barnstable Patriot, one Op Ed on Cape Cod Today, all about Cape Wind.

Boston Globe Letter to the Editor:

Sad to see tribes allied in narrow bid to block Cape Wind

October 28, 2009

RE “2 tribes object to Cape Wind turbines’’ (Page A1, Oct. 26): The latest effort to derail the proposed wind farm in Nantucket Sound is remarkable and depressing.

A cynical gimmick against Cape Wind

OF ALL THE gimmicks that opponents of Cape Wind have resorted to, working with the Wampanoag tribes to protect all of Nantucket Sound for cultural reasons wins the prize for sheer cynicism. The ploy seems intended to drag out the approval process long enough for some other tactic to emerge. But the opponents will have to work hard to find a mechanism for delay as laugh-out-loud bogus as this one.

Click here to read this Boston Globe Editorial

Common sense for the common interest

...Earlier this month, Venezuela's Hugo Chavez signed an agreement with China to provide expertise in drilling and petroleum extraction, similar to the help given by American wildcatters to Saudi Arabia over 50 years ago. The U.S.