Possessed of greater than symbolic importance...

Today's front page: Air Pollution implicated in Cape's water woes
Ted Kennedy tells Vanity Fair of his secret dreams

The front page story in today's Cape Cod Times links the problems with our water and air quality to the harmful - make that death-inducing - emissions from the canal power plant and autos. The story quotes Robert Howarth, a Cornell University professor and director of the North American Nitrogen Center, saying that ... Southeastern New England could have the highest nitrogen air deposition in North America.

Nowhere in the story does it made a connection between that fact and the fight against the wind farm or that a solution might be renewable, non-fossil fuel energy for Cape Cod.

Jack Coleman's Wind Farmer's Almanac blog makes this connection;

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... unlike, to cite a recent example, non-binding ballot questions on Nantucket. Within days of the island's annual election last week, the Massachusetts Maritime Academy campus in Buzzards Bay was graced by a majestic and graceful new presence - a 248-foot, 660-kilowatt wind turbine.

The turbine "will save the school $300,000 annually over its 20-year lifespan," MMA President Rick Gurnon told the Cape Cod Times. That's one-third of the academy's annual $900,000 electricity costs; by my calculations, this comes to $6 million over 20 years - at current rates. Higher rates in the future will translate into greater savings.

Would Mass Maritime have built the turbine had Cape Wind not been proposed? No way to know for sure, but I have my doubts.

Something even the harshest of Cape Wind's critics cannot deny - the project has brought renewable energy to our attention, front and center, in a way that probably wouldn't have occurred had Cape Wind never entered the lexicon.  (Read this and more at Wind Farmer's Almanac.) 

It was a better than average, bright Cape Cod day this week when Jack took this photo, yet the top blade disappears in the mist as does the railroad bridge in the background.

If ain't over 'till the fat senator sings

Ironically, a small item in today's Boston Globe reveals that our main wind farm nemesis would have rather been an opera tenor than a pol. Ted Kennedy also claims that his favorite pastime (after working to save his ocean view) is driving down Route 6 (not 6-A) on his way home. Here's the quote,

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Ted Kennedy tells Vanity Fair he'll probably come back as ''a punching bag" in his next life. But if he could choose, the senator said, he'd opt to be one of the Three Tenors. In the Q&A on the magazine's back page, Kennedy says he loves ''driving down Route 6 on my way home to Hyannis Port" -- apparently he isn't frustrated by Cape traffic -- and calls his happiest moments those Thanksgivings ''when our family gathers on Cape Cod." Predictably, perhaps, the thing he'd most like to change is the outcome of the 1980 election. ''I'd have won," he says. Kennedy also lists Doris Kearns Goodwin among his favorite authors and calls his 60-foot wooden sailboat his greatest extravagance.

His frustration at traffic may diminish now that oil is over $70 a barrel and gas over $3 a gallon at some stations. Heck, he can always sail to work. See the fifth item in today's Globe here

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