Cape Wind President thanks supporters for their help
hanks to everyone that has written a letter to the Minerals Management Service (MMS) or who gave up an evening to speak at the public hearings in support of Cape wind and a more sustainable future.
"I know that by itself, Cape Wind will not achieve this goal but it is an important start and what better place to begin than in the Federal waters owned by all citizens of the United States off the coast of Massachusetts"
- Jim Gordon
I spoke at Thursday night's public hearing at UMass Boston, and I hope you will take a moment to read my thoughts. Since MMS has extended the written comment period to April 21, I hope that if you haven't weighed in yet, you will take a moment to do so.
My Testimony that was given at the UMass Boston Hearing on Thursday, March 13, 2008
My name is Jim Gordon and I am president of Energy Management Inc. the company developing the Cape Wind project.
First, I would like to thank MMS and the Army Corp of Engineers and the other sixteen Federal and State agencies involved in Cape Wind's review. Over the last seven years, you have afforded citizens significant opportunity to weigh in either through hearings like this or written comment. You have generated and compiled thousands of pages of scientific, environmental and socio-economic information on the benefits and impacts of this renewable energy project.
Over the years, I have read thousands of written comments on this project. I have attended all of these public hearings and until tonight, have not spoken, but rather, intently listed to the heartfelt and passionate comments from both supporters and opponents. The common denominator I have repeatedly read and heard is that most everyone supports the rapid adoption of more renewable energy.
I believe this is driven by the understanding that our dependence on imported energy and the impacts of climate change pose a threat to our health, economy, and environment.
MMS, you have conducted most of your regulatory oversight in the Gulf of Mexico and the Western part of our country so I want to give you some historical examples of how our citizens have responded to the great challenges of our times.
In the book entitled "Salt", Mark Kurlansky recounts that during the revolutionary war when the British embargoed salt which was desperately needed by General Washington's army, the Continental Congress put out a clarion call for colonists to produce salt. Because of the salty sea and the strong winds over Nantucket Sound hundreds of windmills soon dotted the landscape of the Cape and Islands producing salt and aiding the war effort.
Herman Melville writes about the whalers of Nantucket and New Bedford in Moby Dick and how they braved the elements and risked their lives to light the lamps of the world.
During World Ward I and II, local iron workers, welders, electricians and carpenters built battle ships at this region's deepwater ports to defeat the enemies of freedom and liberty.
We are gathered here tonight as you weigh the merits of America's first proposed offshore wind farm and the hopes and aspiration of citizen's desiring a transition to a more sustainable future.
I know that by itself, Cape Wind will not achieve this goal but it is an important start and what better place to begin than in the Federal waters owned by all citizens of the United States off the coast of Massachusetts.