The Old “Further Study and Hearings”
Environmentalists needn’t be on the same page on every initiative, of course, but there’s nothing in Tricia Jedele’s letter to the Providence Journal that negates the NIMBYism suggested in their expressed concerns about wind turbines on Black Point:
Some of the signatories to the letter to the governor may ultimately support or oppose particular wind projects or the use of certain categories of public lands. A call for standards and transparent process, however, is not itself opposition. Allowing for a public process and establishing objective criteria to govern site selection will assure both reasonableness and fairness. In the end establishing a process will enable renewable-energy development in places that make sense for Rhode Islanders.
The Projo reported that Save the Bay opposes the project, transparency notwithstanding, as an infringement on a “pristine landscape” (Projo’s phrase). Jedele may disagree, but her letter uses the vague language of obfuscation, and one suspects that “places that make sense for Rhode Islanders” will turn out, in the environmentalists’ eyes, to be places that are not pristine — which locations, by their nature, have the most room.