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Nuclear alternative

April 30, 2010

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I’D BE in favor of Cape Wind if it were efficient, but it would take 10 Cape Winds of 130 turbines each to equal the output of one nuclear power plant. And since winds blow sufficiently only about a third of the time, we’d need about 30 huge projects like Cape Wind to equal one compact power plant. Cape Wind means just too much despoilment of the environment to make it worthwhile compared with the alternatives.

Jay M. Pasachoff
Williamstown
The writer is a professor of astronomy and director of the Hopkins Observatory at Williams College.

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