For those of you not familiar with Cape Wind, it is a wind farm project (130 turbines) approved and destined for Horseshoe Shoals in Nantucket Sound off Cape Cod. It has not been without its very vocal, and very wealthy critics…
Honestly, I’m not going to waste your time with great detail… I’ve been writing about this ad nauseum. As a matter of fact, between Grand Rants, eBirdseed.com, and Harwich Spirits Shoppe Talk, I’ve posted upwards of a dozen blog entries on the subjects of wind power, North Harwich windmills, and the Cape Wind project. Include coverage of damage done by oil, gas, and mining, and I have no idea the number. If you’re not familiar with the topic, about the best I can suggest is that you google and study.
Back to Cape Wind: While the wind farm has been green-lighted by the Secretary of the Interior, the decade-long battle isn’t over yet… CW still has to secure the National Grid/Cape Wind long-term power purchase contract, and hopefully, that’s where you come in. Quite simply, Cape Wind needs your support. Here’s their web site with all the details. (It’s pretty dang simple really.)
There’s little left to say now… About the only caveat I can offer is that I (we) ask that you consider what has happened in the last 53 days. The most recent government estimate suggests that the Gulf oil disaster is spewing the equivalent of one Exxon Valdez every 5 to 12 days with no definite end in sight. You do the math. Our country is facing an environmental disaster of unknown proportions and characteristics. And no, a wind farm couldn’t have prevented that. But at least it will take a tiny step or two in the right direction.
Anywho… We hope you take a look at the Cape Wind site. If you can’t attend any of the scheduled meetings (and you probably can’t, unless you live in Massachusetts) a letter would be a very good thing.