Senator Scott Brown yesterday criticized the Obama administration's approval of the Cape Wind energy farm off the coast of Cape Cod, calling the 130-turbine wind farm a threat to the region's tourism economy.
"With unemployment hovering near 10 percent in Massachusetts, the Cape Wind project will jeopardize industries that are vital to the Cape's economy, such as tourism and fishing, and will also impact aviation safety and the rights of the Native American tribes in the area," Brown said in a statement released to the press.
But Cape Wind, which will create as many as 1,000 jobs in the coming years, has long debunked the notion that the turbines would significantly impact the attraction of Cape Cod's breath-taking ocean views and beaches. From Hyannis, the 440-foot tall turbines will appear as one-half-inches tall, and as specks on the horizon from Nantucket.
The turbines will also be constructed one-third to a half-mile apart, making it easy for fishing boats and pleasure craft to navigate around them, according to Cape Wind. The turbines will be clearly marked with beacons to alert boaters and small planes as well.
Brown's complaints that the project will not create enough jobs also rings hollow:
An economic impact study released on April 3, 2003 concludes that the manufacturing, construction and operation of America’s first offshore wind farm by Cape Wind Associates will generate an estimated 600 to 1,000 jobs in the region. The study, prepared by Global Insight, also states that there will be a significant increase in revenue and taxes paid to the state and local towns.