A divided Supreme Judicial Court ruled yesterday that a state board had the power to sidestep community opposition to grant the controversial Cape Wind energy project local and state permits it needs to start construction in the waters off Cape Cod.
That sound you hear is Teddy Kennedy, a vocal opponent of Cape Wind, rolling in his grave at the court ruling.
In the photo above Interior Secretary Ken Salazar seems to be blessing the waters off Cape Cod. Below is what Cape Wind will probably look like.
Cape Wind will be America's first offshore wind farm on Horseshoe Shoal in Nantucket Sound. Miles from the nearest shore, 130 wind turbines will produce up to 420 megawatts of clean, renewable energy.
It is claimed that in average winds, Cape Wind will provide three quarters of the Cape and Islands electricity needs.
That may happen until the first category 5 hits and plunks the windmills in the drink - except for one left standing as a twisted, mangled reminder that, just maybe, Teddy was right after all.
Cape Wind must still win approval from the Department of Public Utilities.
While the wind farm is proposed in federal waters, beyond the reach of most state and local agency decisions, a transmission line will cross state waters and tie into the region’s electricity grid on land, giving various government agencies authority to review pieces of the project.
Time will tell if Teddy has the last laugh or if Cape Wind will be build "over his dead body."