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Nantucket Sound should be protected

April 12, 2010

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I WELCOMED Beth Daley’s article on the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation and its recommendation to Interior Secretary Ken Salazar to oppose the Cape Wind project on Nantucket Sound on the grounds that its effects would be “pervasive, destructive, and . . .permanent.’’ That the council seemed to go beyond its mission is a testament to its firm and incontrovertible belief that Nantucket Sound should be protected from industrialization.

We are in desperate times economically, but we must not allow ourselves to be pushed by fear into destructive measures just to satisfy what appear to be fashionable, so-called must-do projects.

Remember, wind can only be a supplementary solution, and, on an industrial scale, would not be feasible without huge taxpayer subsidies.

Who would benefit? The foreign companies who will be building the turbines, investors who have no interest in clean energy except to harvest the generous tax write-offs, and the private corporation that will profit off this project. And the return for taxpayers? A few jobs and higher electric rates. The only green in this project will be in the pockets of a few.

I applaud the advisory council’s courage in its report, and strongly encourage Secretary Salazar to resist enormous political pressures and support the panel’s conclusion.

Don Schaefer
Boston

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