RedState Community: Let's Unite Behind an Alternative Energy Project

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To the RedState Community:

Here's an Alternative Energy Project we can all endorse: The Cape Wind Energy Project, located in and around Nantucket Sound, just offshore from Martha's Vineyard and historic Chappaquiddick Island.

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"The proposal consists of 130, 3.6 megawatt wind turbine generators with the capacity to produce about 468 megawatts. The average expected production from the proposed wind farm could provide about 75 percent of the electricity demand for Cape Cod and the Islands of Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket. At average expected production, Cape Wind could produce enough energy to power more than 200,000 homes in Massachusetts."


Now, check this baby out:

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Probably not the thing you want to hear in the morning if you're nursing a hangover, but, still, we've all got to do our part in the nation's quest for energy independence.

Note that this is not a government project. I am certain that once it is up & running it will qualify for all kinds of tax credits, but the project will be managed by an entity called Cape Wind Associates, LLC. The reason that this is on a Minerals Management Service website is that the MMS (an agency of the Dept of the Interior) was tasked, under the Energy Policy Act of 2005, with overseeing offshore alternative energy projects. As an installation such as this will affect the offshore and the onshore wetland environment, the EPA requires an Environmental Impact Statement. A Draft of the EIS is available at the MMS site - it would be instructive for anyone who has not lived in the paradise that is the Federal Regulatory System to download & peruse this rather lengthy document.

Oh, and the EPA will appreciate your comments. There is some concern that the project will fall victim to the "Not in My Compound's Backyard" syndrome, so every positive comment helps save a polar bear.


What we need in a leader is to tell us not what we want to hear, but what we need to hear.
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I'd also support a big one in Malibu, right next to Leonardo DiCaprio's home. Those Santa Ana winds can generate a lot of energy!

“.....women and minorities hardest hit”

and make people run by really fast. Maybe several rows. Then we can solve illegal immigration and the energy crisis at the same time!

CongressCritter™: Never have so few felt like they were owed so much by so many for so little.

Every penny NOT spent on foreign oil is a penny well spent.

I die a little inside every time I fill my gas tank. It's not about the environment for me--it's a dire national security issue, and anyone serious about national security should get behind efforts to develop and use viable alternative energy sources, especially when it's being done by private industry (which is obviously more efficient than the gubmint).

Fred08 - Contribute Now

We generally use coal to generate electricity n/t
"Those who expect to reap the blessings of freedom must, like men, undergo the fatigue of supporting it."
-Thomas Paine: The American Crisis, No. 4, 1777

for synfuels to run our cars.

Guess I should pay attention next time, huh?

/wish I could think of a way out of that one

Fred08 - Contribute Now

NIMBY liberals Kerry, Kennedy an others in the Mass delegation oppose. I'd support this project and I was raised fishing those waters. Anything to piss off the liberal yuppies that infest Cape Cod/Vinyard/Nantucket.

Add many, many, many, more oil platforms and stick these monstrosities on top - that way we're all happy. Maybe in ANWR?

I would go further and let Martha's vineyard be a beacon to the nation. It should be the first community to achieve energy independence. I can already see the posters "If Martha's vineyard can do it then the rest of the nation can do it".

Martha's vineyard get its electricity from the wind. They can get their fuels from Biomass and waste reprocessing. Ahhh the joyous aroma of sewage being converted into fuel. Lets not even think of the smell of heating fuels derived from used biomass.

A few weeks of that they will be begging to drill ANWR.
"Those who expect to reap the blessings of freedom must, like men, undergo the fatigue of supporting it."
-Thomas Paine: The American Crisis, No. 4, 1777

There is more stupidity than hydrogen in the universe, and it has a longer shelf life. - Frank Zappa

These wind farms are obscenely expensive. Can this project get done with private sector money or is it heavily subsidized like the rest of them?

I'll suggest some alternative energies to get behind that might actually be profitable also:
1. nuclear (OK it's not alternative just unpopular)
2. Coal to liquids (FT process) - the US is the Saudi Arabia of coal so let's fill our cars with it
3. bio-diesel (NOT corn-based ethanol)

...with tax credits. Yeah, the financing may be private, but the economics of the whole deal turn on tax credits.

There is more stupidity than hydrogen in the universe, and it has a longer shelf life. - Frank Zappa

less dependent on the Middle East and Hugo's oil.

Freedom of Religion not Freedom from Religion

And yes, I live in California. It's ridiculous not to utilize the resources we have at our disposal in this country.

Note that this is not a government project.

Well, then you've just lost the support of the liberals and Democrats.

...a long habit of not thinking a thing wrong, gives it a superficial appearance of being right...

---Thomas Paine---

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