Post by Bret Cahill Post by BumbleBee Post by Bret Cahill
The cost of 15 MW off shore wind turbines has dropped in half of it's already dirt cheap cost in the past 2 years.
Izzat why Teddy Kennedy and Walter Cronkite pitched a snit fit over
seeing ANY wind turbines in their view lines?
Blue water floating turbines are 120 km offshore & cannot be seen from land.
Care to try again?
No, in fact I'll simply PROVE my point:
Tempers run extra-high when the locations are glamorous and global
celebrities are involved. Take Robert Kennedy junior, an environmental
lawyer who helped to clean up New York's Hudson River. He has been part
of a campaign to stop a $1 billion sea-based project, called Cape Wind,
that was approved by the Obama administration in April. If it proceeds,
it will be America's first offshore wind park, with an impressive
capacity of 468 megawatts. The country has been a leader in land-based
turbines but lags behind China and Europe in sea-based efforts. Among
its many benefits, the park would meet the electricity needs of a
gorgeous strip of coast where Kennedys and other grand folk have been
summering for several generations. But it is a blessing those
blazer-wearing, bourbon-sipping vacationers could do without.
Ken Salazar, America's secretary of the interior, said he gave his
approval only after making adjustments to parry all objectors. The
number of turbines was cut from 170 to 130, in part to reduce the
“visual impact” suffered by the Kennedys' fabled compound. The wind park
has been moved farther away from Nantucket island and its breadth has
been reduced to make it less visible to holidaymakers there. The minimum
distance from the mainland is now 5.2 nautical miles; Nantucket town is
14 miles away from the proposed blades.
But the Kennedys, as well as humbler sorts nearby, such as the owners of
homes, boats and businesses, have not been persuaded. Before his death
in 2009, Senator Ted Kennedy (Robert's uncle) had denounced the project
as a “special-interest giveaway”. Scott Brown, the Republican who took
his place in the Senate, is following suit; he has likened the park to
putting turbines in the Grand Canyon. In some local matters, even
right-wing climate sceptics and climate-conscious lefties concur.