You’ve heard of offshore oil drilling, how about offshore wind farming? The first offshore wind project has been approved to be built five miles off the Massachusetts coast over the objections of Cape Cod residents and vacationers who worry it might disturb their view. The $1 billion project could power 400,000 houses.
Ted Kennedy fought the project as did two Indian tribes and others who worried about the sight of 24 square miles of 400-foot-high turbines, but environmental groups from Greenpeace to the Natural Resources Defense Council were pleased to hear it is going forward. —PZS
“Greenpeace has been campaigning to get the Cape Wind project built for nearly a decade, and today’s victory is worth celebrating. It long overdue,” said Kert Davies, research director at the environmental group.
Cape Wind was subject to years of environmental review and political maneuvering, including adamant opposition from the late Senator Edward M. Kennedy, whose six-acre (2.4 hectare) family compound in Hyannis Port overlooks Nantucket Sound.