It’s been in the works for seven plus years, but in one of the Bush Administration’s last official acts, the Cape Wind offshore wind turbine project was given the go-ahead. The project, consisting of 130 wind turbines, could generate up to 75% of the region’s electricity needs. But there’s been furious behind the scenes political opposition, even from the likes of Sen Ted Kennedy, who spent much of the last 8 years criticizing President Bush’s enviornmental policies. The locals were upset that the turbines would create “visual pollution” which might reduce their summer vacations just a smidgen.
So last week the Interior Department issued its long-awaited regulatory study on Cape Wind, finding neglibible environmental impact, with a “moderate” scenary impact. If the new Administration signs off, construction could finally begin next year.