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Cape Wind would sully national treasure

A great disservice will be done to the people of Massachusetts and all others who enjoy the pristine scenery, water sports and solitude of Nantucket Sound by placing an industrial plant in its heart, as intended by Cape Wind and politically correct politicians who want wind energy there regardless of the cost and its effect on national treasures and National Natural Landmarks.

A great disservice will be done to the people of Massachusetts and all others who enjoy the pristine scenery, water sports and solitude of Nantucket Sound by placing an industrial plant in its heart, as intended by Cape Wind and politically correct politicians who want wind energy there regardless of the cost and its effect on national treasures and National Natural Landmarks.

Muskeget Island in Nantucket Sound, very near the proposed wind farm, was designated a National Natural Landmark by the National Park Service in April 1980. It is a low, pristine, sandy island to the west of Tuckernuck and Nantucket Islands. Muskeget has a high elevation of 14 feet. Its northern shore is mostly sand dunes, while its southern shore is mainly marshes. A sandy point protects the lagoon.

The island is the southernmost place where gray seals breed. There are currently only two buildings on the island, both of which are unoccupied. It can be seen on Google Earth in its relationship to Nantucket Sound and the close-by proposed wind farm industrial project.

If you look at the area on Google Earth, it is clear that Nantucket Sound from Cape Cod to Nantucket and Muskeget Island is a... more [truncated due to possible copyright]  

A great disservice will be done to the people of Massachusetts and all others who enjoy the pristine scenery, water sports and solitude of Nantucket Sound by placing an industrial plant in its heart, as intended by Cape Wind and politically correct politicians who want wind energy there regardless of the cost and its effect on national treasures and National Natural Landmarks.

Muskeget Island in Nantucket Sound, very near the proposed wind farm, was designated a National Natural Landmark by the National Park Service in April 1980. It is a low, pristine, sandy island to the west of Tuckernuck and Nantucket Islands. Muskeget has a high elevation of 14 feet. Its northern shore is mostly sand dunes, while its southern shore is mainly marshes. A sandy point protects the lagoon.

The island is the southernmost place where gray seals breed. There are currently only two buildings on the island, both of which are unoccupied. It can be seen on Google Earth in its relationship to Nantucket Sound and the close-by proposed wind farm industrial project.

If you look at the area on Google Earth, it is clear that Nantucket Sound from Cape Cod to Nantucket and Muskeget Island is a national treasure that should not have an unneeded industrial plant placed in its heart.

Joseph P. Kennedy wrote an opinion piece in the Cape Cod Times Jan. 14 pointing out, as I understand it, that the Cape Wind project will benefit only the Cape Wind executives and its stockholders. He stated, as I understand it, that it will be substantially paid for by taxpayers and by ratepayers throughout Massachusetts paying more for the electricity produced by Cape Wind than at present.

The cost will be masked, I understand, by spreading the extra cost throughout the state. He stated that wind turbines can be competitive with conventional power production on land.

I agree with him, and his essay reflects another essay May 22, 2006 by William Koch in the Wall Street Journal, and published shortly later in The Standard-Times. Koch, an MIT graduate engineer familiar with wind farms, also stated that the Cape Wind project is not cost effective and will cost electricity customers far more than conventional power.

Both Kennedy and Koch indicated that there presently is an overabundance of power available in Massachusetts.

It is likely wind turbines can be built on land at costs approaching conventional power. This would seem to be the best way to use wind turbines.

The Cape Wind project is economically unsound for everyone except the executives and stockholders of Cape Wind. An industrial plant of wind turbines with potential oil pollution hazards will be placed in the heart of an irreplaceable state attraction.

Our state and federal government should not allow this serious threat to our environment just because it is currently politically correct regardless of cost to the taxpayer and electric customer. If wind turbines must be built to meet government alternative energy projects, they should be built on dry land.


Source: http://www.southcoasttoday....

JAN 24 2010
http://www.windaction.org/posts/24303-cape-wind-would-sully-national-treasure
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