When wind turbines were proposed for Lake St. Clair, some Grosse Pointe residents and sailors nearly popped a neck vein in opposition. So too did residents of Cape Cod when a similar proposal was made. Writer David Gessner, a native of Cape Cod had the same reaction. And he didn't. His change of mind is instructive and inspiring.
"Though I have now lived all over the country, it is still the first place I think of when people mention "home." It is my Walden and Cape Cod Bay is my Walden Pond.
So of course when someone -- a businessman no less -- suggests that he wants to place 130 wind turbines -- bird-killing turbines! -- in Nantucket Sound off the shores of my Walden, I react with outrage. Not in my backyard? Not in my backyard! This is a sacred place, a place apart, and if this is a sacred place then these wind turbines are, as I tell anyone who will listen, a desecration.
I cling to this position for years, holding tight, but then, gradually, my grip starts to loosen. Some things happen, some things change. The story of those things, those happenings and changes, is the story of my wind journey."
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