The Cape Wind Controversy
Harnessing the wind for clean, renewable power is good. Building a wind farm in my backyard – say some wealthy residents of Nantucket Island – is bad. Cape Wind has become the poster child for NIMBYism.
News You Can Use
- The Cape Wind Project will produce about 75% of the electricity used by Cape Cod, Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket Island.
- When it becomes operational, electricity from wind will offset petroleum combustion. This will offset greenhouse gas production.
- The project was approved in 2009; construction was scheduled to begin in 2013.
- NIMBY stands for Not in My Backyard. Nimbys are people who are in favor of something, but not if it comes at some cost to them.
- The Massachusetts Fishermen’s Partnership also opposes the project.
With the link below, learn more about the Cape Wind Project. Then answer the following questions.
- Melinda Pontes, Energy Ethics Video, Cape Wind: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mo2rMj8KVtQ
- What is the environmental upside for the Cape Wind project?
- What is the environmental downside for the Cape Wind project?
- What objections do the residents of Nantucket Sound have to the project?
- Why do some people think that the residents of Nantucket who oppose the project are being hypocritical?
- Why is the Cape Wind Project considered to be ethically robust?