Cape Wind Opponents Finally Win One

About a year and a half ago, I wrote a blog with a title identical to this one's.  That blogaddressed the fact that an Interior Department review had sided with theWampanoag tribes by designating Nantucket Sound as eligiblefor listing on the National Register of Historic Places. 

I reminded people, however, that this wouldbe but one of the many issues that the Interior Department would consider whendeciding whether or not to award a lease to Cape Wind.  As it turned out, of course, Interior did approve that lease so that was a pyrrhic victory for the Alliance and company.  Since they lost the war of which that battlewas a part, I felt that I could reuse the title.

Yesterday's decision by theWashington D.C. Court of Appeals is a true victory for Cape Windopponents.  After losing 14 courtcases in a row, the Alliancefinally won one!  Congratulations to the Alliance.  However, we need to remember that if it werea baseball player, the Alliancewould be hitting an anemic 063 at this point.

The question is, what should wethink of yesterday's decision?

  • To begin with, air traffic safety is an important issue.  If the FAA has overlooked important considerations, it should revisit Cape Wind.
  • Second if, after reviewing Cape Wind 3 times and issuing 3 separates findings of No Hazard, the FAA has bungled in a way that will require it to perform additional years of study, its administrators should be shot!  The FAA has reviewed Cape Wind over and over for nearly 10 years for heavens sake.

Like many people, I am often dubious regarding thecompetence of our government.  Still, Ihave a tough time believing that the FAA is so incompetent that it could bungleCape Wind for a decade.  So, I predict that this is a technical issuethat will be resolved in a few months.  However, not possessing any expertise in aviation, I could be deadwrong. 

In the meantime, listen to the reaction of Cape Windsupporters.  You won't hear any of theaccusations of corrupt process, unfairness and incompetence directed at theD.C. Court of Appeals that you always hear from the Alliance each and every time it loses incourt.  No, we Cape Windsupporters will accept this as a valid step taken by the judiciary.  Sure we'll hope and pray that this decisionis reversed.  But you won't hear any ofthe childish ranting and raving that has become a hallmark of the Alliance to ProtectNantucket Sound.

 

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