The Cape Cod Times editorial over the weekend, (Flawed Analysis) was not just one in the occasional series of editorials on Cape Wind.You might think that the new editor has picked up where the last one left off. But you would be wrong.
The editorial marked a significant departure from the tow-the-line approach the paper has taken in the past by closely aligning its position to that of the Alliance.
In attempting to differentiate himself from his predecessor, the new editor has chosen the thinking man's opposition to the wind farm, by praising a report critical of the Army Corps of Engineers, from none other than the APCC, Association for the Preservation of Cape Cod.
Earlier this year, The Times trumpeted a report by the Center for Coastal Studies on Nantucket Sound, only to be left holding the bag when it was learned that it was bought and paid for by the Alliance. They are now determined not to make the same mistake again.
The John O'Briens and the Elliot Carrs, not to mention the Dan Wolfs, who together run the APCC, have long since abandoned the gang that couldn't shoot straight, aka the Alliance. It was time that The Times do so as well.
No matter how hard the Alliance tries to mask their misdeeds with Riverkeeper designations and celebrity hires, their credibility has been shoot. And now the Times has walked away too.
But we thought that the APCC had their plate full with smart growth and wastewater initiatives. Who would have guessed that the APCC had time to delve into the Draft EIR for the wind farm? We should have known that the leaders of the APCC would pick up its chips from the Alliance table and move them to the APCC's.
Kudos to the APCC for taking the time and effort to create a measured response to the Army Corps. No wild speculation (lies) about the adverse impacts of the wind farm on the birds, fish, air, economy, etc. Just a reasoned argument that the process by which the project will get approved is flawed.
The APCC are the new darlings of the opponents of the wind farm. For now. A real environmental organization with roots in the community. Not paid and bought for by the few self-interested swabs that propped up the Alliance. But one which is supported by the locals, financed largely by County surpluses, and guided by 3 wise guys.
The Times, which will apparently continue to oppose Cape Wind even with the departure of the wayward editor, has now moved to backing a player with some real credentials.
What took them so long?