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Video: Bill McKibben on Cape Wind, Your Questions

We’ve been shooting a little video lately. Here’s a quick one we put together after today’s show. Guest Bill McKibben took a few more listener questions before hitting the road for more environmental campaigning. Listen back to the on-air broadcast, where he explains how we’re living on a whole new planet called “Eaarth.”

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  • Karen Holden

    I’ve heard the proponents of wind turbines talk about the wow factor of these energy efficent machines. What about the wow factor of their beauty? When I first saw them (near the Mackinaw Bridge in Michigan) I couldn’t believe how these white monuments of wind so artistically complimented the green trees, white clouds, and blue sky.
    Made me think of Frank Lloyd Wright.
    I’m not into modern. I’m farm, country, cottage. I’m for unspoiled land and shoreline. But I like those wind mills and I would like the view.
    Howell, MI
    P.S. They have to be white to look like Wright.

  • Gary

    I have been listening to the environmentalists complain about Oil, Nuclear, Coal, Wind farms, Solar farms, Hydro, and all other sources of generating energy. Just where do they think energy is going to come from, Unicorns, energy fairy’s?

    Cape Wind has been blocked for 10 years. It would be blocked as an environmental disaster if it were located 100 miles off shore. Lets get real about zoning and building codes in this country.

    Cape Wind can only help, the studies have been done 20 times over and over again, just do it.

  • Deanne

    I wonder how Bill McKibben would react if there were plans for a 130 tower wind farm in his back yard? He states he lives in a seclude place in VT. And especially if he was dependent on the view and beauty of the natural environment for his livelihood. Cape wind is a great idea in theory but should be placed in the alternative proposed location where no one had any objects except the money mongers because it would increase their cost. Once again big business wins at the cost of main street.

  • Chris Woodward

    Only a measly 140mw that is only available 1/3 of time when the wind blows to spoil one of the loveliest vistas in the country? Big gas will be laughing as the back up turbines spin the other 2/3 of the time. Windmills were on the way out until the current round of subsidies.

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