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Apologies in advance…I’m going to be a bit harsh in this post. Because I’ve had it up to here with what I have come to see as plain, old, unthinking rhetoric about Cape Wind from the NIMBY-pamby types out there.
I tried so hard to see all sides of this issue. For all my partisan biases, I do realize there are lots of sides to any argument. But the main advocate on the internet for the anti-Cape Wind crowd, Cape Cod Living, has shone a remarkable ability to say the same thing over and over again with, near as I can tell, little to back them up. They also have come onto this blog, and others, commenting even in non-Cape-Wind related threads (such as my Lt Gov Forum post) to plant their rhetoric where it isn’t really welcome. Click for the rest of the post:
It’s not like these people haven’t admitted to NIMBYism. These two bloggers primarily talk to themselves on their own blog, spouting all sorts of what appears to be nonsensical hit pieces. Really, you would think Jim Gordon was the devil incarnate from reading their blog. Why don’t I believe them? Because it looks, feels, smells, and tastes like rotted, stale rhetoric. I’d like to believe I’ve honed my bull detector over the years (why else did I refuse to vote for Nader in 2000, saw Bush coming from a mile away, and was very unhappy to have Kerry as our nominee in 2004?). I know that most corporations will try to get away with as much as possible, but for heaven’s sake. They make this guy out to be worse than Ken Lay. Or Dick Cheney!
Gordon put his project out past the Mass-owned waters into Federal ocean, which apparently offends people because Massachusetts has no say. Are we so sure that wasn’t the right thing to do? First, it puts the windmills out so far you can barely see them, so I have been told. Second, as this is a for-profit venture, I would hope this would be the optimal place for generating as much electricity via wind (a constant and steady enough breeze, optimal conditions). Or else the guy is not only the devil, he’s a bad businessman for not picking the best place for the project. Good lord. And this crap about “it won’t benefit the Cape.” No, the electricity generated will go into the Mass grid. Are Cape Codders so selfish that they would not like to see the rest of Massachusetts benefit? Another thing they get their hate on is that it’s “heavily subsidized,” Of course the project is subsidized. Until such a time as renewable projects like this one are commonplace, the cost is expensive per windmill. We need subsidies to encourage energy producers to move off of lucrative oil and into non-carbon energy. If you want to cut subsidies to power corporations, cut the oil, gas, and coal subsidies. And if we wait until “the market forces us” off of carbon fuels, it’ll be too late - there will be devastating economic and environmental consequences. Which the Cape will bear the brunt of.
Then, there’s Cape Cod Living’s newest post about the just-proposed second wind farm project at Buzzards Bay - which is just a-ok with them, as it’s on the South Shore and not the Cape. So obviously, the real problem Codders have with Cape Wind is pure NIMBYism, by their own admission. If NIMBY were the only arbiter of what projects go forward, we’d never build jails or low-income housing or halfway houses.
So what is my point in harshing on Cape Cod Living? Well, it’s that in the end, these people appear really interested in shooting themselves in the proverbial foot. Gander at the right here for what at what their precious Cape shoreline will look like with an 8 meter rise in sea level (click to see a larger version - thanks to sco for the link). They should be scrambling to vet projects like Cape Wind, because the Cape, and yes, the North and South Shores, Boston, and the entire freaking seaboard, stands to lose if the sea levels rise. So what if you are upset about a thumbs’-width of ocean view. What sort of vista will you have from your over-priced backyard when it’s under water?
If the Buzzards Bay proposal opponents (and there will be opponents) follow the model of Cape Cod, if everyone everywhere shut their eyes and NIMBY’ed every project which is supposed to help move energy production forward to a carbonless system, you can kiss the Cape goodbye. So which do you want? An imperfect project 4+ miles out on your ocean (which by the way has the blessing of environmental groups like the NRDA, Sierra Club, and the Audubon Society) by a guy you seem to love to hate, or to lose your whole investment in your precious plots of Cape land in the next 50 to 100 years?
The more Massachusetts appears to favor Cape Wind, the more desperate the rhetoric these people produce, on their blog and elsewhere. They’re entitled to their opinion. I’m entitled to call them out on their hollow arguments.
And stop spamming my blog, while you’re at it.
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