Cape Wind by Robert Whitcomb
Money, Celebrity, Class, Politics, and the Battle for Our Energy Future on Nantucket Sound

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When Jim Gordon set out to build a wind farm off the coast of Cape Cod, he knew some people might object. But there was a lot of merit in creating a privately funded, clean energy source for energy-starved New England, and he felt sure most people would recognize it eventually. Instead, all Hell broke loose. Gordon had unwittingly challenged the privileges of some of America's richest and most politically connected people, and they would fight him tooth and nail, no matter what it cost, and even when it made no sense.

Cape Wind is a rollicking tale of democracy in action and plutocracy in the raw as played out among colorful and glamorous characters on one of our country's most historic and renowned pieces of coastline. As steeped in American history and local color as The Prince of Providence; as biting, revealing and fun as Philistines at the Hedgerow, it is also a cautionary tale about how money can hijack democracy while America lags behind the rest of the developed world in adopting clean energy.


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Wendy Williams has written for many major publications, including Scientific American, The Christian Science Monitor, The Boston Globe, The Providence Journal and The Baltimore Sun. She has been journalist-in-residence at Duke University and at the Hasting Center; a fellow at the Center for environmental Journalism at the University of Colorado and at the Marine Biological Laboratory. The author of several books, she lives on Cape Cod. Robert Whitcomb is a vice president and editorial page editor of The Providence Journal. Before that he served as the financial editor of The International Herald Tribune; and as editor and writer for The Wall Street Journal.
Published May 7, 2007 by PublicAffairs. 352 pages
Genres: Business & Economics, History, Political & Social Sciences, Computers & Technology, Nature & Wildlife, Professional & Technical, Science & Math, Biographies & Memoirs. Non-fiction

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This was the case with the Cape Wind project, a proposed wind farm that seemed to have everything going for it: It would deliver badly needed additional electric power to energy-hungry New England, reduce utility bills for everyone and cut down on air pollution.

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Kennedy Jr., a noted environmentalist, makes a bizarre appearance on a radio talk show, lumping the wind power proponents in with “polluters.” (If built, the wind farm could provide up to 79 percent of the energy for Cape Cod, Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket, and cut down on the oil barges that h...

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The authors decry what they call fear-mongering by Gordon's well-funded opponents (2005 contributions: $3.3 million) and are particularly peeved by the obstructionism of Sen. Ted Kennedy, whose behind-the-scenes maneuvering is highlighted, as are the fulminations verging ""on the incoherent"" by ...

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“It bothers me a great deal that I find myself in that position.” The authors dug up an incident where even Kennedy admitted that he opposed the wind turbines because “the sight of them bothers me.” When a local wind-farm supporter explained that they would barely be visible—about half an inch ab...

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Kennedy Jr., Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney, historian David McCullough, and the richest, most conservative residents of Cape Cod have their way, the body of water between the Cape and its southern islands will remain virgin—that is, Jim Gordon will never be allowed to erect 130 giant wind tu...

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