Fancy That, We’ve Got Alternative Energy!

Posted on April 30, 2010

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Taking a cue from, well, the rest of the world, the Department of State has approved the U.S.’s very first off shore wind farm. But it hasn’t occurred without controversy, which CPAL has reported on here, here, and here, because of the indigenous rights affected.  The New York Times reports:

Friends and foes have squared off over the impact it would have on nature, local traditions, property values and electricity bills; on the profits to be pocketed by a private developer; and even the urgency of easing the nation’s dependence on fossil fuels, a priority of the Obama administration.

Opponents argued that Cape Wind would create an industrial eyesore in a pristine area; supporters countered that it was worth sacrificing aesthetics for the longer-term goal of producing clean, renewable energy.

Developers say that Cape Wind will provide 75 percent of the power for Cape Cod, Nantucket and Martha’s Vineyard — the equivalent of that produced by a medium-size coal-fired plant. It would also reduce carbon dioxide emissions by the equivalent of taking 175,000 cars off the road, officials said, and provide 1,000 construction jobs.

The project has also made for some strange bedfellows. Cape Wind is backed by both Greenpeace and the United States Chamber of Commerce.

For the full article, read Big Wind Farm Off Cape Cod Gets Approval.

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