A seashore fight to harness the wind

Advocates of wind power cite Denmark as an example, saying it generates 20 percent or more of its energy from wind, and Mr. Davies of Greenpeace says the record there suggests that offshore wind farms can become tourism destinations. "In Denmark, day sailors take off and sail to these things," he said.

He and others at environmental groups said they hoped the Cape Wind proposal would win final approval and would become the first of many offshore wind projects. "The United States," he said, "is way behind in the clean energy race."

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