Sean Gonsalves was way off the mark in his May 24 column, “Honor someone else at the Seashore.”
In referring to the National Seashore being renamed for Tip O’Neill, Gonsalves says the nationalization of the Seashore was “vociferously opposed … in much the same way wind turbine opponents claim life as we know it will end if the big, bad government gets its way.”
He is wrong in two important ways. Cape Wind opponents are attempting to preserve the environment against industrial encroachment that will permanently alter a natural national treasure. This is exactly what was accomplished by protecting the National Seashore from large-scale development in 1961.
Also, the government is not directly involved with the Cape Wind project. Cape Wind is a private endeavor that will financially reward its owners and investors, but not the citizens of Massachusetts. The environmental benefits that Cape Wind offers are so insignificant, it would take at least hundreds more similar wind farms to make even a dent in global warming.
It is the opposite of the creation of the National Seashore on Cape Cod. That was a success story. Just ask anyone who has ever walked the wide, unspoiled beaches and looked out into the undisturbed vastness of the Atlantic.
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