Two advertised headliners, Mihos & Atsalis, leave Wattley twisting in the wind
Anti-wind farm group talks mostly to themselves these days
By Walter Brooks and Jeff Blanchard, photos by Peter Robbins
A couple of years ago the Alliance to Protect Nantucket Sound held a press conference at the Angler's Club in Hyannis, and the crowd resembled this week's Presidential debates.
Yesterday the same greatly reduced group held another at the same place and the press was notable only by its absence. Media indifference is fatal, and nothing could speak louder about the continuing success of the proposed wind farm than yesterday's no-shows. Even Christy Mihos the group's co:chair stayed home, and Demetrius Atsalis sent a helper.
A dozen Alliance speakers sat around a table faced by a couple reporters, one from a local public radio station and another from the Barnstable Patriot. Our reporter, Jeff Blanchard, called in a question via teleconference. The rest of the audience was made up of die-hard Alliance members, all still completely unconvinced by seven years of government and private section research on the project.
Signs of well-heeled protest: A combination press conference and political rally at the Hyannis Angler's Club hosted by the Alliance to Protect Nantucket Sound, the Cape Wind opposition group whose powerful supporters have so far spent $15 to 20 million to fight the windfarm, funds generated through charitable donations and used to support the activities of myriad advocates, public relations specialists, lawyers and lobbyists. (Photo by Peter Robbins. text by Jeff Blanchard)
With Alliance spokesman Chip Bishop looking on as "moderator" for the event, Tom Bernardo, on behalf of Rep. Atsalis, reads from prepared sticky notes how disappointed he is in the federal response (the MMS DEIS, for you wind-followers) to Jim Gordon's proposal to build 130 wind turbines in Nantucket Sound as the nation's first off-shore windfarm that would produce the equivalent of 75 percent of Cape Cod's energy needs. (Photo by Peter Robbins. Text by Jeff Blanchard)
Revisionist Nantucket Sound history coming soon
Cultural historian Neil Good disclosed a new Alliance tack by suggesting later this spring he will unveil his findings on the true locale of the first European discovery of the North American continent as a Nordic landing on the very Horseshoe Shoal upon which Cape Wind is siting its wind factory....as opposed to the 1964 study that favored Waquoit Bay as the "high and dry" spot in question. (Photo by Peter Robbins. Text by Jeff Blanchard)
The event reminded this reporter of Casey Stengel's great line about a New York restaurant, "that place is so popular, nobody ever goes there anymore."