Catching Up: Cape Wind

  I’d like to congratulate Jim Gordon and all at Cape Wind on the finally, “final” construction and operations plan approval, which came through this spring.  Just the latest legal win, this time at the EPA, over their small number of opponents who have dragged this project out for 10 years now against all good reason through extremely well-funded, well-connected and highly organized groups.

Cape Wind: Money, Celebrity, Class, Politics, and the Battle for Our Energy Future by Wendy Williams and Robert Whitcomb.

Cape Wind by Wendy Williams and Robert Whitcomb.

To find out the story of Cape Wind, read Cape Wind: Money, Celebrity, Class, Politics, and the Battle for Our Energy Future by Wendy Williams and Robert Whitcomb. 

I applaud their diligence and conviction to see this through, in spite of any and all obstacles put in their way.     

 In a statement from Cape Wind’s Director of Communications, Mark Rodgers, “This latest decision by the agency responsible for protecting our air and water is yet another example of how, over the past decade, the coal- and oil-funded opposition group has clogged the court system with frivolous appeals. Cape Wind has won every lawsuit and challenge brought by this self-serving special interest group.”

I also would like to congratulate them on their PPA and extremely fair rate for their renewable energy that they negotiated for all parties involved, including the sliding scale that may further save residents if the project can attain further grants and incentives.   Massachusetts residents will not only have a stabilized energy flow and cost, this will significantly reduce the carbon dioxide and other pollutants that would otherwise be sent airborne by fossil-fuel burning plants for local residents to breathe.

I hope Mr Gordon and his compatriots can finally move forward.

Happy Independence Day.

I would like to think that one day we may celebrate Energy Independence Day as well.  How can a country so strong, resilient and filled with ingenuity not be doing more towards this very attainable goal?  It is a matter of national, financial and environmental security.

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