No, This Would Be the Best Form, If We Were Going to Allow You to Produce Energy
This is one of those stories that leaves the reader unsure of whether to laugh or cry:
Save The Bay, the leading environmental organization in Rhode Island, is opposing a plan to erect a wind turbine at Black Point, a coastal property in Narragansett that was preserved two decades ago using state open-space bonds.
The Providence-based organization joined Tuesday with five other environmental advocacy groups — all supporters of green energy — to send a letter to Governor Carcieri that raises questions about the project. The plans being developed by the state Department of Environmental Management and the Town of Narragansett include the installation of up to six large wind turbines at various sites in the town.
First of all, I wonder whether it mightn’t be time for Save the Bay to consider a name change, inasmuch as thwarting wind turbine projects takes the group out of the water, so to speak. Moreover, to the extent that we hinder production of energy of any sort, we increase pressure for alternate solutions, such as the LNG terminal that would bring large, traffic-clearing vessels into our waters, where they’ll unload their product through a pipeline away from the dock.
The underlying issue is a bit more fundamental, though:
Jonathan Stone, executive director of Save The Bay, said his organization is against any plan to put up a wind turbine at Black Point because, he contends, it would be an industrial use that would mar an otherwise pristine landscape.
Call it NIMBYism, or whatever you like, but there’s a strain in the modern mentality that wishes for everything to be produced — whether dinner or electricity — with no visible sign… at least in the lives of the advocates.