Cape Cod Commission fell prey to the Alliance


The Cape Wind project is a crucial clean energy project that will provide enough green power to offset 125,000 cars every year.  Further, Cape Wind will play an integral role in reducing Massachusetts' carbon emissions in order to meet the goals set forth by the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI).  It is a real shame that the Cape Cod Commission recently fell prey to the Alliance to Protect Nantucket Sound's obstruction tactics.

Having attended the Cape Cod Commission subcommittee hearings on the Cape Wind project, I have little envy for the members of the subcommittee, who were subject to hours of mind-numbing testimony by the Alliance to Protect Nantucket Sound and its proxies on every conceivable negative impact that Cape Wind might incur on Cape Cod.

I suppose it's not enough that the Army Corps of Engineers, various state agencies, and a slew of environmental groups have wholeheartedly endorsed Cape Wind.  If the subcommittee were to consider even a fraction of every hypothetical doomsday scenario invented by the Alliance, there shouldn't be any question as to why the subcommittee voted that the Cape Wind project needs still more review.

But why should the subcommittee consider the Alliance's case to begin with?  After all, the Cape Wind project won local and state approval even before these hearings commenced.  Most pertinent questions have been asked and answered, appealed, retracted, or brought to consensus in the six-year slog that this permitting process has become.  The only mystery still remaining, it seems, is how much more money the Alliance is willing to dump into the obfuscation surrounding Cape Wind.

Ian Pajer-Rogers
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