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Protesters -- Native Americans and environmentalists -- have vowed to sue to try to stop the project after its government approval.   (Source: AP Photo/Julia Cumes)

Cape Wind will provide 468 MW of power at peak capacity. It will be fully operational by 2025 and will look somewhat like this plant -- the Nysted offshore wind farm off the coast of Denmark in the Baltic Sea   (Source: Cape Wind)

Much like with nuclear power environmental advocates find deaf ears in the Obama administration

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Well then
By chromal on 4/29/2010 10:31:32 AM , Rating: 2
If that's going to be how they are, then surely they'll cheer it if the GVT instead builds the nation's quota of coal-fired power plants there on the Nantucket Coast.


RE: Well then
By jillisgreen on 4/29/10, Rating: -1
RE: Well then
By Iaiken on 4/29/2010 11:48:30 AM , Rating: 2
buying EnergyStar products


Now seeing that I could probably just make up a bogus product and get it Energy Star approved, how can consumers have any confidence in that moniker if the Energy Star badge is being handed out like Cracker Jack prizes?

Recent examination of refrigerators showed that the energy consumption of Energy Star approved fridges of the same size ranged from 40% to 500% of the mean average consumption. That is a HUGE variance considering that Energy Star was SUPPOSED to help consumers make good decisions, but has instead become a pointless marketing vehicle.

RE: Well then
By mcnabney on 4/29/2010 12:29:15 PM , Rating: 3
All of this electricity generation capacity is going to allow for plug-in cars to arrive in a big way. So if you want to reduce oil the best option is to get behind efforts like this. Not only is wind power domestic, it has no supply cost, and does little more than kill a few birds in its extraction. Compare that to other power sources.

RE: Well then
By superflex on 4/29/10, Rating: 0
RE: Well then
By mead drinker on 4/30/2010 12:39:42 PM , Rating: 1
How about we instead learn to use less power? If we weren't so wasteful of energy...

So you are saying that we should regress as a civilization in accordance to the Kardashev scale. Hmmmm sounds quaint and romantic...

Using power is not the problem it is the archaic means in which we produce it that is. Like sending people into a burrow in the ground squirming about for, not Mithril as Tolkien would have you believe, but lumps of coal. Yes the same thing that parents threaten their children with around Christmas time saying that it will be their sole gift. How extraordinarily daft is it that mining in the current day is little removed from descriptions in literature of dwarves. Not to mention that roughly half of the power in the U.S is derived from coal.

RE: Well then
By JediJeb on 4/30/2010 5:53:11 PM , Rating: 2
Being underground is about the only thing current mining practices have in common with those of the past. It is still dangerous for a miner to go underground, but when there most of the work is done by automated machines and most miners are machine operators and repair personnel, not someone digging in the coal with a pick and shovel. Not to mention about half of the coal now comes from above ground mines.

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