It's time to take a stand, Mr. Kerry

metrowestKerry's   Cape Wind silence

On Monday, the environmental advocacy group Greenpeace launched a 30-second television ad that takes to task U.S. Sen. Edward Kennedy and Congressman William Delahunt for opposing a proposed Nantucket Sound wind farm. Eighty percent of Massachusetts residents support the wind farm as a source of clean and renewable energy, the ad says, while Kennedy and Delahunt are putting the selfish interests of wealthy homeowners on the sound first.

Agree or disagree with them, at least Kennedy and Delahunt have a clear position on the Cape Wind project. As well they should: it would be the nation's first offshore wind farm, and as supporters including Gov. Deval Patrick see it, a first bold step in creating a vibrant alternative energy sector in Massachusetts.

While Kennedy makes no apology for his outspoken opposition - the family compound in Hyannisport is six miles from the proposed wind farm site - the state's other U.S. senator escapes criticism in the new Greenpeace spot.

That's because John Kerry has never taken a decisive position on the controversy.

Massachusetts residents have had six years now to weigh the merits of putting 130 wind turbines on shallow Horseshoe Shoal in Nantucket Sound. The debate reaches a new level of urgency this fall, when a federal environmental impact report is due for release...  Kerry wants to be known as a leading voice for the environment. So it's inexcusable that he refuses to be pinned down on what is arguably the most important environmental debate in his own backyard.

It's time to take a stand, Mr. Kerry.

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