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Apr. 28 2010 - 1:19 pm | 183 views | 0 recommendations | 7 comments

Nation’s first offshore wind project is approved

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This really does represent a major step forward for renewable energy in general and wind power in particular. Like all energy projects, this has been controversial. Some of the concerns are on solid ecological footing. For example, what will the effects be on the marine life in and around Nantucket Sound? Others are more subjective, but still valid. Some people consider giant wind turbines an “eyesore.” Given the real need for renewable, non-carbon emitting energy sources, however, I’d choose the windmills. I’d like to know what readers think about this.

The federal government today approved the first-ever utility-scale U.S. offshore wind energy facility in Nantucket Sound, a decision that the Natural Resources Defense Council said paves the way for other facilities to get off the ground nationwide.

Department of Interior Secretary Ken Salazar today gave the Cape Wind facility off of Cape Cod a federal green light after a nine-year review process, much longer than a traditional coal power plant is typically reviewed. NRDC has participated in this process every step of the way, both advocating for the project to move forward and ensuring any potential impacts on the ocean environment will be minimized and mitigated.

via NRDC: Press Release – First American Offshore Wind Facility Gets Federal Approval Off Cape Cod.


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    I find wind farms beautiful; there’s a rare grace to those slender turbines unmatched by many other technological products. Anyway, that some think they’re eyesores is rather irrelevant to the matter. Strip malls and suburban houses are undeniable eyesores, yet I don’t see these advocates of beauty clamor to tear them down. When you keep in mind the enormous advantages of wind energy, objecting to it based on dubious aesthetic points is rather silly.

    Animals might just have to deal with them, too. I sympathize with some environmentalist concerns about wanton destruction of ecosystems, but we can’t let animals dictate our strategic choices for the future. Wind farms are such a clean source of energy and great way to ease the rise of global heat that I think endangering some fish and ducks is a price well worth paying. Forms of life have to deal with new pressures from their environment all the time; this is no different. It’s not like animals ask us for our consent before they encroach upon our ecological niches. Everybody’s gonna have to learn to adapt.

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    Wind is the third best choice among the low-carbon choices. The two best choices are population stabilization through immigration reduction and conservation/negawatts–better insulation, sweaters, less a/c, less heating, going vegan or near-vegan, electric bikes not cars, etc.

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    About time. I find the sight of the wind turbines attractive. I know the noise can be an issue with land sites, but the sea locations avoid this. And there must be places where we can place some on land far enough from residences.

    We must get a grip on energy issues–trash burning power plants, wind turbines, the production of solar equipment in this country.

    And I, personally, have bought some really cool grocery bags to avoid the “paper or plastic” decision. Not to mention recycling the 4 newspapers I still take.

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    I totally understand the need for clean energy sources, but as these sources continue to grow why is no one fazing out the coal burning power plants or at least converting them to natural gas which is cheaper and cleaner.

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