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progpen
Posted: Thursday, December 07, 2017 7:27:14 AM

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Some of the wealthiest people in the US have successfully killed the first offshore wind project in the US because it might sully their view of the coast.

http://www.renewableenergyworld.com/articles/2017/12/offshore-wind-farm-cape-wind-officially-comes-to-an-end.html

Cape Wind, which called for as many as 130 turbines in Nantucket Sound, once appeared to be on the vanguard of clean energy in the U.S. The project had a federal lease to develop an area 5 miles (8 kilometers) off Cape Cod. Spread over 25 square miles known as Horseshoe Shoal, it could have generated enough electricity to power 200,000 homes, according to the U.S. Energy Department.

Some of the wealthiest families in the US, including the Kennedy and Koch families all banded together to protect their view of the coast over and above the wishes of nearly everyone else in the area.

Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter. ― Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
Parpar1836
Posted: Thursday, December 07, 2017 9:45:34 AM
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Maybe they can get it resited in full view of Mar-a-Lago.
Romany
Posted: Friday, December 08, 2017 5:07:30 PM
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Proggy -

Did you see the post where I mentioned Trump and the wind-turbines? He only wanted the Scottish Government to do him a favour - and to take down the wind turbines that can be seen from his Golf Course!! So we all had a big chortle and said "Not in this life, laddie".

Now it's been discovered that his promise to preserve the Dune environment - a much wrangled, disputed, contentious condition of sale - was nothing more than hot air...he's blatantly degraded the environment. So I guess he's the one chortling now!

And yes, the rest of the world has always been rather piqued at the extent of America's pollution - and all the steps which are being taken (while overshadowed often by other events) to be the only country in the world that is actively taking steps to *increase* pollution.

However: - everyone also know that there innovative solutions and technologies still being developed in the USA, ready for the day when the laws of the land permit. And that Americans themselves are even more distraught than we are - as they are living with these consequences.

I'm sure I'm not alone - either over here or there - in wondering how long before Flint, Michigan isn't the only town where the locals have to drink bottled water to stay alive and healthy? (Actually, doesn't that apply to the locals in Peurto Rico, too?)
progpen
Posted: Sunday, December 10, 2017 6:26:57 PM

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Hi Romany. We've been aware of the health issues in most of our states for quite a few years. There are at least 33 US cities that have serious concerns over lead in the drinking water and many of them are cheating the system in order to pass lead tests.

A short list of the most polluted bodies of water in the US
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Water_pollution_in_the_United_States

More than half of Iowa's water bodies are polluted with farm chemical and animal wastewater runoff
http://www.thegazette.com/subject/news/government/more-than-half-of-iowa-water-bodies-tested-are-polluted-20170519

40 percent of Minnesota's rivers and lakes are polluted with farm chemical runoff
https://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/07/13/minnesota-adds-pollution-sources-impaired-waters-list



Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter. ― Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
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