Renewable Energy In “Cape Wind: If Not Here, Where? If Not Now, When?” Article Review

The article “Cape Wind: If Not Here, Where? If Not Now, When?” by Judith Layzer illustrates the Cape Wind Energy Project that was firstly proposed by energy entrepreneur Jim Gordon in 2001. The development of Cape Wind could provide “three quarters of the energy used by fifteen Barnstable County towns that comprise Cape Cod, as well as the nearby Elisabeth Islands, Martha’s Vineyard, and Nantucket.” (p. 308) From the beginning, the government did not support Gordon’s idea and resisted the project. Over the years Cape Wind proposal has been caused a lot disagreements between researchers and environmentalists. The proposed idea lay in federal waters which caused a number of challenges, state and local permits. In 2005, Cape Wind Association applied for a commercial contract for construction and operation of an offshore wind facility situated in federal waters. Cape Wind Associates met a variety of issues that blocked or delayed a project. Despite the challenges, long-lasting procedures and debates regarding project’s costs, in 2010 the Interior Department announced the availability of Cape Wind project and signed a twenty-eight-year lease with Cape Wind Associates.

The pros and cons associated with renewable energy:

Benefits include:

  • cleanly produce 75 per cents of electricity used by Cape Cod, Elisabeth Islands, Martha’s Vineyard, and Nantucket;
  • zero pollution emission;
  • reduce green gas emissions;
  • reduce carbon dioxide emission levels;
  • reduce the risks of global warming;
  • provide clear and safe energy;
  • new jobs and economic development;
  • energy price stability and independence;
  • avoidance of external costs;

Problems include:

  • high cost of the project;
  • negative effects on marine life and birds species;
  • ruin the view of natural beauty and scenery.

As seen, the benefits outweigh the risks, and as a result, the United States has the greatest offshore wind power resources in the world.                                                                                                                        

Works cited:

Layzer, Judith. “Cape Wind: If Not Here, Where? If Not Now, When?” The Environmental Case. 3rd edition. Massachusetts Institute of Technology. CQ Press. 

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