Barnstable's Improper Lawsuit

Something seems terribly wrong in Barnstable
Why are the bureaucrats spending our money this way?

Something seems terribly wrong when the Town of Barnstable spends taxpayer dollars to contest Cape Wind in court. 87% of the Cape's citizens want to see the wind farm built just as it has been proposed, and are frustrated that it isn't already operational.

Barnstable about to eliminate 30-40 town jobs, and the townlooking for ways to cut costs, isn't it unconscionable to waste moneyon legal battles, taking the side of only 13% of the people who voteand pay taxes?

Remember way back in olden times the Army Corps of Engineers was close to issuing a permit when jurisdiction was abruptly transferred to the Minerals Management Service. They made another lengthy study, resulting in a positive FEIS. Secretary of the Interior Salazar has given a clear statement of support, and will surely be issuing the ROD permit shortly, clearing the way forward. This proposal is an exact fit with President Obama's position on renewable energy, a cornerstone of his economic stimulus plan. The Massachusetts Energy Facilities Siting Board has unanimously approved the comprehensive clearance for the cable connection from the turbines to the grid, over-riding town and county obstruction attempts.

With all that approval, only the Alliance and the politicians are still fighting a battle doomed to failure.In politics conventional wisdom is that you don't flout your constituency's wishes.

There is something very unsavory going on here.

So what is motivating the obstructionist local politicians?

Makes you wonder.

With Barnstable about to eliminate 30-40 town jobs, and the town looking for ways to cut costs, isn't it unconscionable to waste money on legal battles, taking the side of only 13% of the people who vote and pay taxes? There is something very unsavory going on here.

Richard C. Bartlett, Cotuit

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