Offshore energy

Wind power is coming to a coast near you. On the tail end of the offshore oil rig explosion, an offshore wind farm has been approved for Nantucket Sound.

The project has divided Cape Cod for nine years, finally approved by Interior Secretary Ken Salazar. It will be the first of its kind in the United States. With the approval of this project, Salazar mentioned he hoped future projects would run a bit smoother. The debate was more about the location of the wind farm, rather than the implementation.

Rep. Scott Brown called Nantucket Sound, the decided location, a national treasure that should be protected from industrialization. It’s not just conservatives who oppose the idea. The late Senator Ted Kennedy thought the project would spoil the seascape. Native Americans have said the turbine blades will desecrate the view of the sunrise that is part of their prayer ceremony.

The plan calls for 130 wind-powered turbines to be erected in the shallow waters of Nantucket Sound (visible from the Kennedy compound at Hyannisport).

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