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In Hyannisport, A Town Is Divided By Decision

A view of Nantucket Sound in Hyannisport on Wednesday (Steve Brown/WBUR)

HYANNISPORT, Mass. — Now that the long-debated plan to build a wind farm off Cape Cod has cleared what could be its final hurdle, residents off the Nantucket Sound remained divided on Wednesday.

Hyannisport is still a sleepy neighborhood this time of year, although some locals who picked up their mail at the post office had strong opinions about the decision of U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar.

Mike DiBona was disappointed the project got the green light.

“I just think that dropping in one of the most precious oceans with this view right now is a mistake,” he said.

DiBona also expressed skepticism about the offshore technology associated with Cape Wind’s implementation.

“There’s a lot of things that go wrong,” he said. “We need to perfect it on land first and get the kinks out before we run cable out in the ocean.”

But Peggy Mason, from Hyannis, thought Salazar made the right decision.

Proposed location of Cape Wind (Jesse Costa/WBUR) (Click to enlarge)

“My position has been that we need sources of power rather than just oil, especially here on the Cape,” Mason said. “We’re limited with whatever comes over comes over the bridge. It gets expensive. So try it, let’s see if it works, then go from there.”

Mason is also unconcerned about what the wind turbines would do to her ocean view. Indeed, she says they’d be a welcome sight.

“I think they’re pretty,” she said, laughing. “You can’t go by me.”

Many Hyannisport residents, including the late Sen. Edward M. Kennedy, have been long-term opponents of the Cape Wind project.

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  • Samuel Sitar

    Cape wind is a good idea. Energy costs will lower over time. At Nantucket they have lots of wind to use. Wind is one part of our energy sources.

  • Deanne

    What a shame. Cape cod is an economy built on its natural beauty. That is why people visit and live there. Now that will be taken away. How ignorant. With all the places you could put a wind farm, why here. Once again the little guy loses(all the residents of Cape cod) and big business wins(the wind farm developers). And it gets worse the big business gets subsidized by the government so not only will the residents of Cape Cod pay but all tax payers will have to pay too. Chalk up yet another scenario where the government aids a big business to rip off the tax payers.

  • Danielle

    I so understand the disappointment felt by the residents whose view will be altered. At the same time, I’d be very proud to be a resident of the first state to make very real sacrifices (inconvenience, altered vistas) that provide a very real benefit (renewable energy). It’s time that we lead the way in showing America that important things do have a cost, and we’re willing to pay it for renewable and clean energy. I’d rather have water based pinwheels spinning in the wind than black stinking oil gumming up the shore. Let’s ask the Gulf of Mexico residents what they’d prefer…

  • http://getenergysmartnow.com A Siegel

    The amount of ignorance that has been created because of the disinformation campaign against Cape Wind is sad — to say the least.

    1. Re tourism — experience globally is that projects like these actually end up boosting tourism. There is reasonable data from European offshore wind project areas to back this.

    2. “Perfect the technology …” Well, not sure how many coastlines have been devastated by a wind turbine blowout, but there are gigawatt-hours being produced by wind turbines ashore and in the ocean. How long should it wait?

    3. Hmmm … European experience is that wind power ends up driving down electricity costs for the ‘little guy’ by reducing the number of hours that electricity hits peak prices leading to a more stabilized electricity system.

    Etc …

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