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Editors: Build Wind Turbines Off Nantucket

Our editorial? Nah. The New York Times’s:

Interior Secretary Ken Salazar is expected to announce this week whether a controversial wind farm off the coast of Massachusetts can proceed. Given the country’s need for alternative energy sources – and the administration’s commitment to promoting them – it would be dismaying if he did not give the go-ahead.

Offshore wind farms are a common sight in Europe but not here. Cape Wind would be this country’s first – sending, finally, a signal to the world about America’s resolve to fight global warming and reduce its dependence on foreign oil.

This is not, admittedly, an easy decision. The project has endured nine years of state and federal reviews and ferocious opposition from local landowners on Nantucket Sound – including the late Senator Edward Kennedy – who hate the idea of having 130 windmills, about 400 feet tall, on the horizon.

The rest here.