Thursday, April 29, 2010

Cape Cod to Get Wind Power!

I just read that the U.S. Dept. of the Interior gave the approval for a wind farm (giant wind turbines) to generate power off the Massachusetts coast (Nantucket Sound). Because the Boston area is actually the WINDIEST (sorry, Chicago) city/area in the U.S. with an average daily wind speed of around 11 mph (Chicago's averages 10 mph daily), it's a great place to build this. It doesn't pollute (so it doesn't contribute to climate warming) and it will be in the ocean. I think this is a great solution to generating some energy! Here are the highlights:
LOCATION: Wind farm developer Cape Wind Associates would build 130 turbines over a 25-mile stretch of Nantucket Sound. The 400-foot turbines would be between five miles off Cape Cod at their closest point to land to 14 miles off Nantucket at their greatest distance.
ENERGY: Cape Wind says it can generate power by the end of 2012 and eventually would supply the equivalent of three-quarters of the power used on Cape Cod, which has about 225,000 residents.
COST:Estimates range from $1 billion to more than $2 billion, to be privately funded with opportunities to obtain federal stimulus dollars and tax credits.
OPPOSITION: Native American tribes say the project would interfere with sacred rituals and desecrate tribal burial sites. Others claim it would hurt the ecology of Nantucket Sound and endanger marine traffic while raising energy prices.
FOR AVERAGE WIND SPEEDS OF CITIES (by month): http://lwf.ncdc.noaa.gov/oa/climate/online/ccd/avgwind.html

Gift/Memorial Suggestions

Several of our friends have lost loved ones (human and pets) and we found that one of the best ways to honor their memory is to give to an animal charity.
What better way to recognize a life of love, than by giving another life a chance for love?
We donate to many animal rescues, but because we volunteer with
DC Weimaraner Rescue and Coast-to-Coast Dachshund Rescue, those are our 2 favorites.
Consider giving the chance of life to a dog or cat.

Great Books by our friends

Great Books by our friends
Check out these great books (yeah, Rob's are in there, too)

About us

We're two married guys who enjoy the simple things in life, especially our dogs. We volunteer for dog rescues, enjoy splitting dinners, exercising, blogging, helping friends and neighbors, ghost investigations, coffee and tea, Tudor history, weather, superheroes, comic books, mystery novels, traveling, 70s and 80s music, classic country, piano, gardening, writing books on ghosts and spirits, architecture, keeping a clean house, cooking simply, and keeping in shape. You'll find tidbits of all of these things on this blog and more.

Tom and Rob Thinking Hard!

Tom and Rob Thinking Hard!
Wondering what home project to do next

Podcast of Rob's 50 min. interview on Paranormal Filler Radio 7/13/14