Tailwind for Cape Wind

Editorial, The Boston Globe, January 15, 2008

In 2001, when Cape Wind first proposed its 130-turbine project for Nantucket Sound, oil cost $20 a barrel and natural gas cost $3 for a million cubic feet. Now oil is close to $100, and gas is $10. More important, scientists have estimated that global warming is happening at a quicker pace than they had believed seven years ago. All of this makes more timely than ever the green light that Cape Wind got yesterday from the US Interior Department's Minerals Management Service...

Fearful of possible adverse effects the project would have on the Cape, some Massachusetts politicians, including Senator Edward Kennedy and Representative William Delahunt, have opposed Cape Wind. Now that Washington has given the wind turbines such a seal of approval, Kennedy and Delahunt should both reconsider...  The Natural Resources Defense Council has called it the biggest greenhouse gas emission reduction initiative in the country. Since the Cape is particularly imperiled by the rising sea levels of climate change, elected officials should work to minimize any impacts of Cape Wind, not block the project...  The Boston Globe.

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