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April 28, 2005

But what a pretty view...

According to the American Lung Association's new report, the Cape still has the worst ozone levels in the state. Maybe they could use some better traffic signals there, too.

Or, instead of pumping out crud from the Mirant plant in Sandwich, make a bold move to wind power!

Posted by Charley on the MTA at 10:22 AM in Massachusetts | Permalink


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Wind power is one thing, we all can agree to that. Turning over the environmental jewel which is Nantucket Sound, a commons, to a corporation for their $600m wet dream is another.

Posted by: Dan Corrigan | Apr 30, 2005 9:59:39 PM

Isn't the *air* a commons as well? Doesn't that have real value to everyone? Ask an asthmatic kid. The air you're breathing on the Cape shortens the lives of your neighbors. You have a choice to make.

Look, there may be a fair point about giving commons over to a corporation, your inflammatory description notwithstanding. (I am *not* going to buy into an attitude that there's something unseemly about making money from producing something of value.) But isn't there an immense public good to be gotten from putting the wind plant there? And aren't there all kinds of examples of commons (air, water, ranch land, mountains, etc.) being used for much less benign purposes?

You say that "in general", wind power is fine, but you just don't want it in your backyard. Well, if it's not your backyard, it's going to be someone else's. If the anti-Cape Wind folks are serious about supporting wind power, they'll work *with* companies that indeed do want to make money producing it. By all means, let's make more pie, instead of figuring out how to divvy up what little we have. Otherwise, smells like NIMBY to me. Sorry.

(Maybe Deval Patrick is right: we do need some leadership from the top to get people talking together and make this happen.)

Posted by: Charley on the MTA | May 1, 2005 10:12:33 PM

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