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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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