The plan to build wind turbines in Nantucket Sound is still facing a headwind. But the overwhelming opposition to the plan to build a clean energy farm seems to be based only on aesthetic, and not on more substantive, objections.
A Native American tribe is pressuring the Obama administration to block the wind farm by declaring Nantucket Sound a traditional cultural area, and off limits to the turbines.
But as the New York Times editorializes today, the tribe’s effort is most likely being bankrolled by wealthy landowners along the Cape, who have long opposed construction for aesthetic reasons. In fact, the late Sen. Ted Kennedy (D-MA), who owned waterfront property in Hyannis Port, was a leading opponent of the wind farm.
A similar debate will certainly arise with regard to any proposal to construct wind turbines in Lake Erie off of Ohio’s coast.
It’s time to realize that transitioning our economy and developing clean sources of energy will require some sacrifices—such as an unobstructed ocean views from portions of Cape Cod. All Americans, including those who live and recreate along the Massachusetts coast, must recognize this fact. And really, what’s a more objectionable view—a few windmills on the horizon, or the continued smog, soot, and global warming pollution that spews from the nation’s outdated coal-fired power plants?