Two letters in support of Cape Wind
Offshore wind offers an immediate, clean, safe and effective answer to both global warming and energy security.
Given the stark urgency of global warming, now is the time to take every action available to slow the impacts of this problem. In fact, we should have started long ago. Offshore wind is a big step in the right direction and can contribute quickly to a reduction in global warming pollution.
From local jobs to clean energy, this project is right for America and right for the Cape. In years to come, the people of Massachusetts will be proud of this contribution to the clean energy revolution. Massachusetts politicians should openly endorse and support Cape Wind, and see that Massachusetts breaks ground on this project as soon as possible.
Oak Bluffs, MA
Living in a state that is often associated with progressivism,it is ridiculous that all of the Commonwealth's politicians are not openly supporting the Cape Wind Project as a solution to climate change. The fight against Cape Wind does nothing more than solidify stereotypes of politics in the United States. Most of the politicians in Massachusetts talk an incredible game with regard to global warming and most are willing to walk that talk. However, there are a few privileged politicians who are not willing to support those solutions that they regard as "inconvenient."
Our own Senator John Kerry recently spoke at the Bali conference in Indonesia imploring the international community to move forward with expedient solutions to climate change despite the Bush administration's unwillingness to keep pace on the issue. Senator Kerry said that he believed the current President does not fairly represent the American people and the next
administration will be willing to do more to address global warming. Senator Kerry is correct. Recent polls show that over 70% of Americans believe immediate action on climate change is necessary. Senator Kerry clearly understands the urgent need for solutions to global warming and the will of his constituency to address it, but is failing to take meaningful action. More than 75% of Massachusetts supports the Cape Wind Project as a solution to climate change and a move toward clean renewable energy. Senator Kerry has no position on the Cape Wind Project.
Senator Kerry, the time for action is now. It is no longer enough to talk about solutions and urge others to action, while only supporting those solutions that are convenient. It is time to step up to the challenge and support the Cape Wind Project as a viable solution to climate change. The scientific community has spoken. The time for discussion and debate has passed. We need politicians willing to lead and make difficult decisions in order to avoid the most serious consequences of climate change.
Paul M. Moriarty