No Wind Farms in Nantucket's Backyard
August 12, 2002
Environmentalists are all for generating energy from the wind, but not if windmills spoil the view.
A who's-who list of environmental organizations is fighting efforts by a private company that wants to provide renewable energy to much of Nantucket Sound.
- An organization called Cape Wind Associates has plans to erect large pinwheel contraptions to turn breezes into electrical power and locate them six miles out into Nantucket Sound.
- But the elites who flock to spend their summers in such posh resorts as Martha's Vineyard and Hyannis Port are banning together to fight the proposal.
- The environmental organizations lending a hand include The International Wildlife Coalition, the Humane Society and the Ocean Conservancy.
- They protest by raising the specter of birds and airplanes getting tangled in the turbines, cod spawning being disrupted, interference to whale migrations and a threat to the annual Hyannis-Nantucket yacht race.
The upshot is that environmentalists are fighting one of their own pet causes -- wind energy.
Source: Collin Levey, "Tilting at Windmills," Wall Street Journal, August 8, 2002.
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