Cape Wind Offshore Wind Farm Stirs Up Controversy
Cape Wind Set to Become First US Offshore Wind Farm
These days on Cape Cod, the Cape Wind offshore wind farm is a hot button issue. For the last few years, bumper stickers proclaiming “Save Our Sound!” and pins featuring three spinning windmills above a bold “Yes” have been a familiar sight, and the bickering, protesting, and lawsuits over the project have been on the mind of every local.
Cape Wind, which would be five miles away from land in Nantucket Sound, would be the first offshore wind farm in the US. Those who support it hope it will bring a source of renewable energy to the region, as well as open up the rest of the United States to the idea of offshore wind farms. It has been repeatedly cleared in environmental reviews, indicating that it would bring no harm to the area’s ecosystem.
Despite this, Cape Wind has been hugely protested by residents who fear that the wind farm will ruin the view of Nantucket sound. In addition, residents fear that Cape Wind will have a serious negative financial impact on the Cape due to the offshore wind farm's high price ticket and the possibilities that it will lower property values overlooking Nantucket sound and drive away the tourists that fuel the Cape’s economy..
It wasn’t until a few weeks ago, when the supreme court upheld the decision to allow the Cape Wind project to continue that its future began to seem certain. While Cape Wind has a long way to go, for now, at least, it is blowing forward.