on the state of New England wind power

Cape Wind suffers more setbacks, as one commentator said, being “litigated to death”. See the details.

And on the good side, the Block Island project proceeds, even if that is a much smaller project.

New England, I hope you enjoy hurricanes. You deserve them.

Some might consider my “deserve them” in the above harsh or uncharitable. I (obviously) think not.

I’d say that those in New England who are doing all they can to reduce their carbon footprint, and offsetting the carbon they do emit, who are urging a zero carbon future, who care about their long term interests and those of their kids, translating these into action, yes, these people deserve sympathy when such hurricanes will strike. As for

  • Those who actively obstruct the movement to zero carbon, for whatever reason, whether for better views, greed, or selfish politics
  • Those who are too tied up in the building of megahomes, their castles, local malls, or owning gigantic SUVs for whatever reason, and are optimizing their short term interests at the expense of the rest of people on the planet, and even at the expense of their own long term interests, let alone those of their kids
  • Those who refuse to see the realities of living along the coasts, and want to fritter away precious tax dollars to rebuild sea walls which will be pushed aside like playdough by the storms of the future, and complain about town taxes
  • Those who oppose additional taxes or minor fees to improve public transportation
  • Those progressives who refuse to work with conservatives or corporations who are working to do things which bring us to zero carbon, simply because they believe all conservatives are the enemy, or all corporations are evil
  • Those progressives who do not see global warming what it is, as the single most important issue facing us, and tie up measures to bring us to zero carbon with important but unrelated matters, such as social justice or labor rights, progressives who do not know how to triage
  • Those who acknowledge climate change, but either dismiss it as survivable, or consider it too late to do anything
  • Those who oppose doing anything regarding a movement to zero carbon because it either demands selected instances where government at some level needs to take leadership or strong action, or interferes with their wallowing in extreme individuality, incurring the price of anarchy
  • Those who seek to cheat on the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) by misaccounting

I have no sympathy for them at all. New England, like many areas of the country, believes in majority rule. Accordingly, the majority deserves them.

About ecoquant

See https://wordpress.com/view/667-per-cm.net/ Retired data scientist and statistician. Now working projects in quantitative ecology and, specifically, phenology of Bryophyta and technical methods for their study.
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