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August 29, 2007

In what has become the consummate example of beau monde environmental phoniness, residents around Cape Cod and the islands of Martha's Vineyard and Nantucket are facing off with Greenpeace activists again over a proposed wind farm in the middle of their handsome vistas, says the Wall.

The Cape Wind chronicle is a perennially awkward story for Massachusetts Senator Ted Kennedy, whose family compound gazes out at the pristine waters -- who opposes the farms.  But to the Senator's defense, reasonable people can disagree on the merits of putting turbines on Nantucket Sound:

  • Though costs have come down to 4.5 cents per kilowatt hour from 6.1 per KWH in 1999, the technology is still not balancing out as cost-effective for some areas.
  • Long Island recently scratched its plans to build a wind energy center in the Atlantic when costs were running up toward $800 million.
  • Projects in windy Texas have also been scrapped over cost considerations.

Wind energy is never going to be anything but a bit player in meeting the world's energy needs, says the Journal. The Nantucket tempest is useful mainly as a real-world test of whether some of the world's most privileged liberals wear their ideals all the time, or only when it suits them.

Editorial, "Wind Jammers," Wall Street Journal, August 28, 2007.


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