Who actually opposes the proposed wind farm?

In response to "New survey; 93% want Bay State to be national renewable energy leader (84% of state residents, 58% on Cape and Islands support wind farm)", 8/15/07

To the Editor:

I am writing in response to the article "New Survey: 58 percent on Cape and islands support wind farm" regarding the Cape Wind project for Nantucket Sound. Ever since I have heard of this project, I have been hooked and following its media. Now with rising publicity, it seems that the importance of the project has been cast in the shadow of media hype due to the small opposition desperately trying to prolong it's approval. The idea of kick-starting a renewable energy revolution is not only amazing, especially since more than 75% of the state is in favor of it, it is the opportunity to pioneer the revolution and lead other states to do the same. As far as the opposition goes, interference with sailing, fishing, birds, and vision is ridiculous: The 130 turbines will be spaced 1/4 mile apart leaving plenty of room for boats and fish to navigate; the bird migration path has been avoided; and the turbines will be over 5 miles away, hardly seen from the shore to cause any sort of visual disturbance.

As for the posted response from the Alliance to Protect Nantucket Sound regarding the integrity of the survey itself, I raise a question: who actually opposes Cape Wind, the year-round residents of the islands who will directly benefit from the projects or the wealthy, second home-owners that vacation there 4 months out of the year, worrying about their valuable ocean views?

Lets remember the purpose of this project: clean renewable energy to help reduce the effects of global warming, the worlds largest threat.  What is the point of establishing a beautiful view from Nantucket if we aren't even willing to preserve the island itself?


Brittany Whitaker
Boston, MA 02120

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