TITLE

Cape Hope

AUTHOR(S)
Easterbrook, Gregg
PUB. DATE
November 2004
SOURCE
New Republic;11/29/2004, Vol. 231 Issue 22/23, p16
SOURCE TYPE
Periodical
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
The article offers a look at wind turbines as a source of energy on Cape Cod, Massachusetts. There is broad consensus in American politics about where energy should come from: Somewhere Else. Currently, just one-third of 1 percent of U.S. electricity is generated using wind--but that's at least three times as much as a decade ago. The newest wind turbines turn slowly, so that birds can see them, and produce power for less than the price of electricity from a new natural gas-fired power plant. Advanced wind turbines are not cheap to build, but, like hydropower dams, once constructed, they require only maintenance: No fuel input is needed, no foreign supplier can cut off the spigot, no fuel-price increase can lead to a shocking utility bill. You'd think communities would be rushing to embrace the wind alternative. You'd be wrong. Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney opposes the project because it would "impinge on the beauty of one of the great natural resources on the East Coast." Unless the moneyed waterfront property-owners of Cape Cod are willing to back a huge initiative to increase atomic power, they must face the fact that energy has to come from somewhere and that clean-wind energy is more socially responsible than fossil fuel-based alternatives.
ACCESSION #
15235509

 

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