Recently I've been following the battle between the Nantucket bourgeoisie and those rational people who prefer their descendants not to require gondola rides for future dining in the North End.
The greed of the opposition to the Cape Wind project sickens me. There is nothing more arrogant or ignorant, I’m not sure which, than telling scientists worldwide they are wrong about climate change based on a background in yachting. The location was chosen based on the shallow waters and quantity of wind, not on the aesthetics- it is the ideal location. Besides, on a day with perfect clarity the human eye can only see 16 of Nantucket Sound’s 163 nautical square mile view.
Furthermore, what about the view in other places? At least there will be more than 140 square miles of beauty to enjoy even after Cape Wind's turbines go up. If the site were off Gloucester, I could see why residents may be upset: boating route disruption and an entire view lost. Why should any resident, regardless of personal wealth, be entitled to dictate the outcome of their horizon? What about my view? On weekends when I look out the windows in Jamaica-Plain I see vinyl-siding, concrete and, if I’m lucky, my 60-year old neighbor fully clothed.
Those of you against the project need to be grateful you can enjoy the Sound and you should have consideration for those of us who care about our descendants' well-being. Even if you live under a rock in Arizona when not vacationing on Nantucket and somehow concluded climate change does not exist, despite the conclusive evidence, think about the benefits to the economy and future. The project will create jobs, reduce dependence on foreign oil (thereby stabilizing the price of energy) and help make the limited natural resources of the planet last for future generations. It's simply unfair and unreasonable to allow the aesthetics of a few to destroy the rest, especially when they have so much other horizon to look at while the most beautiful thing the rest of us see is the Charles River.