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Must Cape bear the brunt of wind-energy growth?  

Credit:  Cape Cod Times, www.capecodonline.com 4 February 2011 ~~

Aside from the problems of sound and flicker, and depressed property values, industrial wind turbines (41 stories tall, higher than the Statue of Liberty) are totally out of place here in Brewster and on Cape Cod.

What are the reasons we live here? We enjoy the unique environment of the ocean and bay, the stretches of the beaches, the rural pace and atmosphere, the diverse flora and fauna, and the small-town feeling. Very few buildings are more than one story tall. The nights are very quiet.

Since the Cape is one of the windier parts of Massachusetts, are we to play host to tens of industrial-size structures? Will this help us continue to attract tourists? Will young families want to move here? Is this how we keep our children living and working here?

Is the Cape going to be the central location for wind turbines in order to fulfill the governor’s goal of alternative energy development?

What are we doing?

The citizens of Brewster and other Cape towns need to continue to object to this major intrusion into our level of quality of life. Please attend the planning board meeting in Brewster on Feb. 9 at 7 p.m.

Mitch Relin


Source:  Cape Cod Times, www.capecodonline.com 4 February 2011

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