Mighty winds.

Author:Motavalli, Jim
Position:Cape Wind: Money, Celebrity, Class, Politics and the Battle for Our Energy Future on Nan-tucket Sound - Brief article - Book review
 
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In middle-class suburbia, it's local zoning battles that animate the political scene. Otherwise apathetic homeowners will turn out when a developer proposes an office building (or, worse, low-income housing). When the homeowners have mega-bucks, the NIMBY stakes are higher. Exactly that kind of turf war is being waged on Cape Cod, where an affable energy developer named Jim Gordon has proposed a 130-turbine offshore wind farm for Nantucket Sound. To hear the local landed gentry tell it, this zero-pollution energy producer will be a gross stain in a "pristine" ecosystem. In fact, however, the Cape's electricity now comes from a dirty and antiquated plant that burns low-grade #6 oil. And, in 2003, a tanker spilled 100,000 gallons of that oil into Buzzards Bay.

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