• NIMBY, BANANA, now BANA

      WindI have little sympathy for wind power promoters. Many claim they will “save the earth,” although they will not. They get taxpayers' subsidies that they shouldn’t get, and their business wouldn’t be viable for years without politicians propping it up.

      Still, I can’t help but feel sorry for the poor saps at Cape Wind, who want to build 130 wind turbines in Nantucket Sound, not far from where I vacation on Cape Cod. First, the Kennedy family called the project "An Ill Wind off Cape Cod." The Kennedys were big environmentalists until someone wanted to put windmills near their family compound.

      Hundreds of flashing lights to warn airplanes away from the turbines will steal the stars and nighttime views. The noise of the turbines will be audible onshore...

      The turbines will be perilously close to the main navigation channels for cargo ships, ferries and fishing boats.

      In fact, the windmills would be miles from shore, and barely visible.

      Now...

      (A) federal panel on historic preservation recommended that U.S. Interior Secretary Ken Salazar kill the project.

      This news comes 9 years after Cape Wind first applied for permission to build. Now Indian tribes object. A group called the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation (ACHP) gets to pass judgment.

      Nantucket Sound is a place of deep historical, spiritual and cultural significance," Mashpee Wampanoag chairman Cedric Cromwell said.

      But everyone thinks his vacation spot is a place of “deep historical, spiritual and cultural significance.” I doubt that the enviro-whackos would approve of any location anywhere near them.

      It used to be that busybodies stopped construction by saying NIMBY, “Not In My Backyard!”, then came BANANA, “Build Absolutely Nothing Anywhere Near Anybody!”

      Now it’s BANA: “Build Absolutely Nothing Anywhere.”

      It makes me feel sorry for homebuilders and developers.

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