You can't stop the wind from blowing.
But you can try to delay putting it to good use.
A group opposed to putting 130 wind turbines in the waters off Cape Cod has filed a lawsuit in an effort to keep the wind farm in Nantucket Sound from moving forward.
The federal report looked at everything under the sun. It studied thefishes. And birds. It looked at fisherman and tourists and pleasureboaters and the aesthetics of the project. It looked and looked,sifting through the data, but could not find problems with the plan.
Their argument: A state agency that reviewed the project and gave it the green light did not properly fulfill its duties.
The group, which calls itself the Alliance to Protect Nantucket Sound, is grasping at straws.
There are those who oppose Cape Wind, and they continue to try to throw up any impediment they can think of. If this suit fails - and we believe that it will, and should - they'll doubtless try yet another tack.
When plans for the project were unveiled a few years back, we had real concerns about Cape Wind. Like many who have fallen for the magic of Old Cape Cod, we worried about the effects of such a project in the pristine blue waters just a few miles off shore.
But an extensive, wide-ranging federal study of the proposal cleared the air for us - and we'd have thought that others would have had their concerns allayed, too.
But our hopes were quickly dashed. Many opponents just wouldn't take yes for an answer, and they vowed to fight on.
Thus, the lawsuit.
(The group is not fighting the federal assessment, but is instead contending that a state review was flawed. )The federal report looked at everything under the sun. It studied the fishes. And birds. It looked at fisherman and tourists and pleasure boaters and the aesthetics of the project. It looked and looked, sifting through the data, but could not find problems with the plan.
We've come to really appreciate the thought of the old and the new together in Nantucket Sound. Just a few miles from some weathered cottages, within sight of an old clam shack, there'd be 130 wind turbines, supplying clean energy to the Cape and Islands.
The new would not supplant the old; it would complement it.
A day at the beach would still be a day at the beach.