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Cape Wind: Money, Celebrity, Energy, Class, Politics, and the Battle for Our Energy Future Paperback – Bargain Price, June 23, 2008
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About the Author
Robert Whitcomb is a vice president and editorial-page editor of The Providence Journal.
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From afar, the coverage of the proposed windfarm on Nantucket Sound might seem balanced. In Massachusetts, however, it's apparent that the coverage is hysterical and a little irrational. When the windfarm was first proposed and an opposition group was created, this didn't seem different from any other large project. However, the opposition to the Cape Wind project combines money and emotion in an unprecedented way.
Cape Wind, the book, is the back-story of the opposition and the web that connects privileged property owners with one another, with elected officials, and with the flaks for the Alliance to Protect Nantucket Sound. In the middle of the web is Senator Edward Kennedy, with a great track record on every environmental issue except Cape Wind. It also provides previously unreported insight into the motivation of the project's developer Jim Gordon. Gordon's motivation for persevering with the project is more than a businessman's greed. The book describes him as being incredibly dogged, and genuinely environmentally aware, as well as being an entrepreneur.
Don't come to the book expecting a textbook on windfarm development, or much specific scientific or technical detail about the project. This is a story about one stubborn guy opposed by a stubborn group.
The characters are broadly portrayed in black and white.Read more ›
Former Mass governor Mitt Romney comes off badly, as does venerable ol' Teddy Kennedy, and I fervently hope that many, many voters read this book before the presidential primaries next spring. I always knew that money called the shots in our "democracy" but this book truly made me ill by offering one rather small example of how very true that really is.
I highly recommend Cape Wind to all readers who are interested in good government, and especially to Massachusetts residents who wonder why their electric bills are so high, their skies are so dirty, and their senior senator is so powerful.
The book is recommended reading, even if it does nothing else other than to increase the reader's skepticism when listening to candidates and officeholders blather on about energy independence when they have no clue about what it means or the tradeoffs involved.
They were there from the very beginning. Co-authors Wendy Williams and Robert Whitcomb certainly were no strangers to Cape Cod. Both have deep roots on the Cape and were quite familiar with the players in this drama. Both Williams and Whitcomb were on the scene covering this fascinating story from its first days. They were present at the meetings of the concerned mansion owners and at town council meetings. They observed the extremely one-sided coverage given by the local newspaper the Cape Cod Times.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is an interesting tale that essentially is a lesson in just how corrupt the political system is in the United States. Read morePublished on May 21, 2014 by Brad Hutchinson
This book is an amazing piece of investigative journalism around a subject that is of critical importance to us all. Read morePublished on February 22, 2012 by Virginia Carmichael
I'm embarrassed to read Cape Wind. The attacks on project opponents are one-sided, over emotional, sometimes irrational, and blown out of proportion as often as possible. Read morePublished on November 23, 2011 by ThirstyBrooks
As an environmentalist, I was very interested in reading this book when I heard about it. What a disappointment! This book is so one sided that it becomes difficult to read. Read morePublished on November 20, 2008 by B. Hill
Cape Wind, by Wendy Williams and Robert Whitcomb, is a fascinating review of the early days of the Jim Gordon's project to build windmills in Nantucket Sound. Read morePublished on August 29, 2008 by John G. Curington
As a life-long Democrat and frequent neighbor of the Kennedys in Hyannis I am sickened by the absolute abuse of power laid bare in this book by Kennedy, Mitt Romney, the Mellons,... Read morePublished on August 17, 2008 by Matthew J. Gordon
Outside a Cape Wind public hearing at MIT in Cambridge, a group of activists put on an amusing parody of the moneyed interests fighting the wind power project, which is seeking... Read morePublished on July 26, 2008 by A. Hennessey
Cape Wind delves deep into the politics surrounding Jim Gordon and his proposal to build 130 offshore wind turbines in Nantucket Sound. Read morePublished on March 25, 2008 by R. Silva
Before I begin this review, I want to share my involvement with/knowledge of the Cape Wind project. I have no relationship with either side of the Cape Wind debate, and don't... Read morePublished on March 22, 2008 by Michael Lima