November 6, 2009

Nantucket Sound Wind Farm Delayed by Sunshine Claim

If wind farms are the cat's meow advocated by renewable, green energy zealots, Cape Wind now must take on the Wampanoag Tribe in Mashpee and Martha's Vineyard. This is hilarious if it weren't so foolish. I wish we knew the millions upon millions spent on the unending road to obtain a permit by the developers who began this project in 2001.

The opposition, BTW, includes the Kennedys and others with tons of money whose ocean view would be interrupted. Such a desecration!
Green energy, the salvation of the planet, confronts the sacred 'viewsheds ' of the rich and powerful! A book has already been written about the struggle.

The Boston Globe opines.

"The ploy seems intended to drag out the approval process long enough for some other tactic to emerge. But the opponents will have to work hard to find a mechanism for delay as laugh-out-loud bogus as this one."

Hollywood should make a movie. Perhaps the liberal darling documentary filmmaker, Michael Moore, could do it pitting the green energy capitalist rascals against a besieged Kennedy clan and the Wampanoag tribe who valiantly fight against a project destined to reduce global warming by 0.000000000186 degree Celsius by 2050.

The long, long process to obtain permits to build this 130 turbine installation using 400 foot towers and a complex system of underwater cables has suffered every conceivable ploy by opponents to the project. Without huge subsidies for wind power, the developers would have long ago abandoned their plans.

Perhaps another nuclear plant in Plymouth or at a new site in Provincetown would be a far better solution than enduring this Wampanoag and Kennedy nonsense. Yet the power of the sun may yet overcome that of the wind...such a primal struggle, so exciting!!

"From a blustery perch over a Cape Cod beach, Chuckie Green gestures toward a stretch of horizon where he says construction of the nation's first offshore wind farm would destroy his Indian tribe's religion.

The Wampanoag — the tribe that welcomed the Pilgrims in the 17th century and known as "The People of the First Light" — practice sacred rituals requiring an unblocked view of the sunrise. That view won't exist once 130 turbines, each over 400 feet tall, are built several miles from shore in Nantucket Sound, visible to Wampanoag in Mashpee and on Martha's Vineyard.

Tribal rituals, including dancing and chanting, take place at secret sacred sites around the sound at various times, such as the summer and winter solstices and when an elder passes..."

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