With the federal government's release this week of a favorable environmental impact statement, any doubts about Cape Wind's vast benefits and minimal environmental costs should be silenced. Cape Wind is supported by over 80 percent of Massachusetts residents and by a majority of residents on the Cape itself.
Now that the federal government has reentered the debate over Cape Wind, it is incumbent on local and state leaders to take a strong public stance in support of this important clean energy project. Sure, there are a select in the Alliance who amble into their luxurious, gated Cape homes every summer and who can afford to make Cape Wind out to be some sort of political challenge by paying for endless lawsuits or campaign contributions. But you elected leaders of Massachusetts are not chosen by some wealthy few. Rather, you are voted in by the very constituents who demand that you act in accordance with their will.
The fight over Cape Wind has gone on longer than any other permitting process in the history of New England. Surely this is not the legacy that the leaders of Massachusetts hope to leave in the global warming fight. Future generations will look back in wonder and amazement at our long road to energy independence when the answer was, over seven long years, right in our own back yard.