The quixotic opposition to Cape Wind ...
... is sent up nicely by The New Yorker magazine with the cover of its latest issue. The cover depicts a pilgrim perched on a whale, tilting at the offshore windmills with a Don Quixote-style lance. It's a perfect lampooning of the incomprehensible nine-year NIMBY campaign against the Cape Wind project, which will provide years of pollution-free electricity to a region that for years has depended heavily for its electricity on imported fossil fuels.
Why offshore wind?
- The U.S. offshore wind industry will build on the success and the lessons learned from the nearly 20 years of experience in Europe to provide clean, pollution-free, electricity along the coasts and in the Great Lakes.
- American manufacturers have recently announced plans to build factories in Europe to service the robust offshore wind industry there. With policy support in America, we can encourage that new manufacturing sector to build here.
- There is a bright future for offshore wind in this country. Our recent polling shows that wind works for America – it means new manufacturing jobs and more pure, clean, affordable energy for our country.
We need comprehensive legislation now with a national Renewable Electricity Standard that will create a long-term market for the onshore and offshore wind industries and a set market for offshore wind that will bring extensive economic development and jobs to nearby areas.