Cape Cod Times – Letter to the Editor: “Protect our Sound as a wildlife sanctuary”
January 24, 2018 –
There is much to celebrate in the final demise of Cape Wind, especially for those who care about wildlife and our natural world.
We live amid one of the most significant flyways on the East Coast, and it would be nearly impossible to find a better place to kill massive numbers of migrating birds if that were the goal. Cape Wind, a proposed industrial power plant that would have taken up 25 square miles of Nantucket Sound, was conservatively projected to kill roughly 5,000 birds a year, including endangered and threatened species. Wind turbines are also known killers of bats, and all migrating species of bats in Massachusetts migrate right over Nantucket Sound; no bat studies were ever required. Marine life would have been affected as well.
Here on Cape Cod, where we not only treasure our wild and natural world and love sharing it, we perhaps have a better understanding of the interconnection of all beings. Now it is up to us to make sure this beautiful, special, wild place is never industrialized.
Let’s celebrate by all working together to make Nantucket Sound a sanctuary for the animals that depend on it, and for the humans that cherish it.
Reprinted via Cape Cod Times, which is not affiliated with the Alliance.