The Vineyard remains uncommonly chilly. Snow on the ground since late January, more last night. The other morning it was 6 below zero, the coldest since we arrived 40 years ago. Mal Jones told me the last time it was colder than that was in 1961. Quite a winter. But if we’re going to live in Vermont, I think we oughta get to have some mountains!! No such luck.
Recently Julie Wells, the editor of the Vineyard Gazette, asked me to write an article about the demise of Cape Wind. Reasonable request, but I declined. What I could do, I suggested, is include a few thoughts about Cape Wind in a larger context. She agreed to that, and here’s the piece that emerged, published in the Gazette on February 5, 2015.
On the Gazette website there were many comments about the article, both positive and negative. My favorite, from someone in Oak Bluffs, who called himself (or herself) BS: “I’m tired of shoveling all this global warming from my driveway.”
That was the only one I responded to. I said: “Hah, BS, I’m tired of it too – you shovel mine and I’ll shovel yours. But you’re not shoveling Global Warming, it’s Climate Change you’re shoveling, which brings, over time, greater weather extremes – more precipitation, more drought, colder temps, warmer temps. Some even call it Global Wilding.”