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Wind Power
The Wave of the Future?
Last Featured: 8/7/2006

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The high price of gasoline and the international furor over global warming have pushed policymakers to look at alternative sources of energy that can reduce costs and alleviate U.S. dependence on foreign oil. Residents of Cape Cod, Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket have been polarized by proposals for wind farms in the waters around the Massachusetts coast. A proposal to place 130 wind turbines in Nantucket Sound has the support of some business leaders and environmentalists, but others worry that the turbines will jeopardize the ecological balance in the region and threaten its tourism and fishing industries. Join us as Justice Talking travels to Cape Cod, Massachusetts to debate wind power with listeners from the Cape and Islands NPR stations WCAI, WNAN and WZAI.

Interview with Robert Righter
Host Margot Adler discusses wind power, renewable energy and current efforts to gain energy independence with author and researcher Robert W. Righter.

Robert W. Righter received his Ph.D. from the University of California, Santa Barbara. His work focuses on Western American history and environmental history. He has written or edited six books, including Wind Energy In America: A History.

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Report from Cape Cod
Reporter Rachel Gotbaum brings us the story of a planned wind power project in Nantucket Sound and talks to people on the Cape who support and oppose it.

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Debate on the Issue
Greenpeace Executive Director John Passacantando and Cato Institute's Jerry Taylor trade views over wind power in general and the Cape Cod proposal in particular.

John Passacantando is executive director of Greenpeace USA. He has served almost 20 years in the public interest sector, primarily on global warming. Prior to joining Greenpeace, John co-founded and directed Ozone Action for eight years, which was then merged with Greenpeace. Passacantando has also served as the executive director of the Florence and John Schumann Foundation.

Jerry Taylor is a senior fellow at the Cato Institute. Under his direction, the Cato Institute has become an influential critic of federal and state environmental policy. He has served on numerous congressional advisory bodies and has testified over a dozen times at hearings on Capitol Hill. Taylor has contributed to several anthologies, including "Earth Report 2000: Revisiting the True State of the Planet."

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Commentary by Bill McKibben
Environmentalist and author Bill McKibben relates his personal viewpoint on wind power in the Adirondack Mountains of New York.

Bill McKibben is a former staff writer for The New Yorker. His book The End of Nature, published in 1989, sounded one of the earliest alarms about global warming. He is a scholar in residence at Middlebury College and lives with his wife and daughter in the Adirondack Mountains of New York.

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