Editorial bigotry at its worst

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The Cape Cod Times suggest that the 25-square-mile wind farm can be moved to a 1-square-mile area of Mount Hope Bay in Fall River at upper left, which has a major shipping lane running through it. 

How Cape Cod Times rewrites history
And misleads its readers on this vital issue

By Moses Calouro 

The Cape Cod Times editorials about the Cape Wind project (Our Findings and We can do better) are perfect examples of editorial bigotry in every sense of the word.

The two pieces talk mostly about alternate sites for the project (anywhere else but Nantucket Sound) that the Cape Cod Times editorial board feels the federal government should consider. For example, they mention Fall River and New Bedford five times as prominent alternative sites due to their status, according to the Times editorial board, as "economically depressed" areas.

Put it near the folks whose names end with a vowel

With the prospect of a wind farm in Nantucket Sound coming closer to reality,  the Times again responds editorially to Jim Gordon's Cape Wind project with  "Go west, my son" (as in New Bedford or Fall River). Put the wind farm near the folks whose names end with a vowel. Place it in an "economically depressed" area to provide them with an "economic boost." (This is more like a kick in the butt to go along with the northeast's most polluting coal plant and the proposed LNG storage facility.)

How does a proposed wind farm in Nantucket Sound have anything to do with the cities of Fall River and New Bedford and how will it provide an "economic boost?"

I asked. The answer leaves me with more questions.

Put it "in deeper waters far off Fall River"

When the Cape Cod Times says, let's site it near Fall River or New Bedford, readers (like myself) are led to believe that the Times means near Fall River or New Bedford.

This is not what the Times editorial board means. According to correspondence with one of the editorial board members, William Mills, what the CCT editorial board
 meant was "in deeper waters far off Fall River."

There is no way to fit a 25 square mile project in the 1 square mile available area in Mt. Hope Bay, next to the city of Fall RiverVery interesting. So when the Times editorial board mentions possible locations for a wind farm, they don't mean close to. They mean far, as in real far, from.

This is good because there is no way to fit a 25-square-mile project in the one square mile area available in Mount Hope Bay, next to the city of Fall River (Mount Hope Bay is less than five square miles in size with 70 percent in Rhode Island waters; no federal waters are available except the 500-yard wide shipping channel). There is no way a wind farm the size of Cape Wind could fit in Mount Hope Bay.

 Mills further clarifies his piece by stating "One of the many points raised in the editorial was simply to ask why were sites off industrial areas like Fall River, New Bedford, Lynn and other economically depressed areas off the North Shore not considered?"

It is clear none of these 'alternative sites' is suitable for a project the size of Cape WindSo how does a wind farm located far from Fall River, New Bedford, Lynn and the North Coast (and other "economically depressed areas?") somehow create an economic boast for the places in question? (Again, how does a wind farm project in Nantucket Sound have anything to do with these cities?)

It is clear that none of these "alternative sites" is in any way suitable for a project the size of Cape Wind, which is meant to provide more than 70 percent of the electricity needs of Cape Cod and islands.

This flurry of editorial activity by the Cape Cod Times is meant to snow the public into thinking there are viable sites near Fall River and New Bedford. And in my view, for a variety of reasons, this is nothing but bigotry.

Moses Calouro of Bristol, R.I., is chief executive of Maritime Information Systems Inc. You can access his previous pieces below:

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