Cape Waits For Choice



In lower than two weeks, the destiny of a clean-energy challenge eight years within the making will lastly be decided. Inside Secretary Ken Salazar has introduced that he’ll decide if the Cape Wind offshore wind challenge will go ahead by Friday, February 12.

Environmentalists tremendously supported the Cape Wind challenge as a result of the plan requires 130 wind generators, which might generate as much as 420 megawatts of unpolluted power. This might be sufficient electrical energy to exchange the present oil-burning energy plant situated within the space, thereby decreasing the world's greenhouse-gas emissions by 734,000 tons per yr, in line with Greenpeace. That is equal to eradicating 175,000 vehicles from the street.

"We're assured that the issues about preserving the historic and cultural worth of Nantucket Sound may be met whereas nonetheless transferring ahead with the Cape Wind challenge," stated Kert Davies, analysis director for Greenpeace, in a press launch. "Actually, the impacts of unchecked world warming – together with sea degree rise that may all however erase the area's present shoreline – are the far better risk to Cape Cod."

This $ 900-million-project can be america' first offshore wind farm, and possibly the one offshore farm authorised and constructed throughout President Obama's first time period, says Greenpeace, so its completion would reveal America's dedication to decreasing our nation's carbon footprint and transitioning to a clean-energy economic system.

Wind generated sufficient electrical energy in 2008 to energy greater than 1 p.c of complete electrical energy in america, in line with the American Wind Power Affiliation. That equals four.5 million households. This type of power is renewable, broadly distributed, plentiful and produces no greenhouse-gas emissions, which makes it a great substitute for fossil fuels and nuclear power, and reduces America's dependence on international oil.

It could sound good, however the Cape Wind challenge has confronted its share of opposition. Every turbine would stand 400-feet-tall and all collectively would cowl 25 miles of the sound, which angers some environmental teams, who fear concerning the ecological affect of those massive constructions. American Indian tribes within the space additionally oppose the challenge as a result of it interferees with their historic non secular rituals, which require an unblocked view of the dawn. The Nationwide Park Service says the Nantucket Sound is eligible to be listed on the Nationwide Register of Historic Locations.