Cape Cod Commission--a giant turtle pulling its head into its shell

To the Editor:

There's a giant turtle on Cape Cod pulling its head into its shell. The Cape Cod Commission has announced that at their meeting considering revisions governing land based wind turbines NO public comments will be allowed. Unwillingness to hear the thinking of the majority of the Cape's citizens, which is clearly different from that of the officials, is a turtle-like withdrawal from reality.

The proposed new regulation would prohibit installing a turbine within an area with a radius of 10 football fields! Where on the Cape could one find such an available area? It's a draconian measure effectively blocking any town, school, or business from the economies of drawing electricity from the Cape's abundant gift of wind.

Don't Cape Cod politicians have grandchildren?

The Commissioners know they would hear statements about the financial consequences, about air quality, and about excessive governmental interference. They would hear from citizens who would see this as another power grab, or extension of authority by the Commission. Their kingdom is never large enough!

This head in the shell attitude puts these few obstructionists in contempt of the world's large community of climate scientists. Sir David King, as Britain's chief scientific advisor, said that climate change was a bigger threat to the world than wars.

NOAA and NASA have reported that 2010 was globally the warmest and the wettest year on record. Warmer air absorbs more moisture, therefore we get more precipitation. Most of America can attest to that in spades.

But our local overabundance of precipitation is as nothing compared to others. Australia's flooded area was the size of France and Germany combined. Flooding in Brazil took 655 lives. 400,000 children in Sri Lanka went hungry when floods drowned their food producing areas.

One has to wonder --- don't Cape Cod politicians have grandchildren? Don't they care that pulling in their heads means suffering for all, and sooner than previously predicted?

To use an old army phrase,"Get your head out!"

Richard C. Bartlett
Cotuit, MA

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