Posts Tagged ‘NEPA’


Wednesday, January 20th, 2010

by Mary Ellen Eagan

Ted Kennedy is rolling in his grave.

I will do my very best to not make this a political post (although my political views are rather transparent).  Over the last couple of days, I’ve mostly been thinking about complacency and arrogance.  And a fair amount about marketing.  I’ve been thinking about how they apply to our industry, our public process, and the importance of communication.

A colleague in China commented on the latest obstruction to the Cape Wind project by stating that it’s a whole lot easier to get things built there; i.e., the American consultative model (NEPA) is an impediment to progress.  As consultants, we sometimes struggle to find value in public meetings, and I have certainly seen the process dismissed as meaningless (but I’ve blogged about this before).  I’m hoping yesterday’s election is a reminder to us all that it’s not necessarily the smartest, most logical, or fairest person/idea/project that succeeds in this democracy.  It’s the one that has meaning for people.  And each vote counts the same.

I promise to get to TRB soon.