Blowin’ in the Wind

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A series of public hearings are currently being held by the U.S. Department of Interior regarding the proposed offshore Cape Wind project near Cape Cod in Massachusetts. Cape Wind would be the first offshore wind farm in America, housing 130 wind turbines miles off the shore from Nantucket. The wind farm would produce 420 megawatts of clean, renewable energy in average wind, providing three quarters of the Cape and Islands electricity needs.

The Department of Interior recently released their draft environmental impact statement which shows the wind farm would have no major impacts on the environment. Still, a powerful and vocal organization, the Alliance to Protect Nantucket Sound, is fighting the project largely because of the aesthetics of the turbines. Cape Cod currently gets its electricity from a coal fired power plant, which is supplied by mountaintop removal coal. Appalachian Voices, a non-profit dedicated to ending mountaintop removal, claims the board members of the Alliance to Protect Nantucket Sound have strong connections to the coal industry and have spent millions of coal dollars to fight the Cape Wind project.

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