Winds of change are blowing

To the Editor:

This is a time for optimism, for hope. Our country is entering a new era of reasoned judgement spawning policies more sensible than those we have been living through. The Obama administration is poised to invest in clean energy, in one stroke retarding climate change and helping our economy by means of green jobs creation. He has made it clear that it is not just the task of agencies and corporations to bring this new dawning, but all of us must pull together for the common good.

Most of us understand that, and are eager to play our role in this renewal of the national will. There are some, however, who resist the coming of this new day, unwilling to change their ways, stubbornly refusing to alter their positions even in the face of proof that their old arguments are fallacious.

I am, of course, writing this in relation to Cape Wind, our region's most significant contribution to the world's green movement.  We each have to make personal efforts to think and live greener. We are also obliged to do whatever we can to persuade the  obstructionists to become a part of the new wave of progress.

Edward Kennedy, the Senate's most distinguished member, sponsor of so much important legislation, the unquestioned leader of all Massachusetts democrats, influential supporter of President-elect Obama, should now manfully endorse Cape Wind. Then the whole phalanx of his admiring followers like Senator Kerry, Representative Delahunt, State Senator O'Leary, and many other local politicions and bureaucrats would surely do likewise. They could all become born-again environmentalists. Their reward would be our respect. And perhaps they might explain what motivates them to represent 15% 
instead of 85% of their constituents.

The Cape Cod Commission should grant the same approvals to Cape Wind as they did without fuss or delay for the nearly identical cables carrying electricity to Nantucket. Those planners responsible for stimulating job growth here should be actively helping to bring turbine jobs for our young workers, not fighting against such opportunities.

If the Chambers of Commerce really want to be helpful to those in the tourist industries they should align themselves with Cape Wind and begin planning to capitalize on the boon in eco-tourism that always comes to communities hosting seacoast windfarms, an indisputable worldwide phenomenon. Any lingering doubts about that would disappear if they sent a representative on the May 2009 tour of  British and Danish windfarms sponsored by Clean Power Now.

Finally, it is time for the Alliance to gracefully concede that their obdurate campaign of opposition has lost all credibility and acknowledge they cannot stop progress by adding to their string of losses in endless court battles, or by enlisting the aid of convicted Senator Stevens and the remote Minnesotan Representative Oberstar.  Their legal ploys only succeed in transferring coal industry money to the legal industry. Also, they can't be unaware of how silly they look when they claim the permitting process is moving too fast.  Everyone in the area has read ad nauseam reports on all the research that has gone on for year after year after year. There must be some virtue in recognizing that it is tent-folding time.

We Cape Codders have a choice: do we want to be known for leadership or backwardness?

Richard C. Bartlett
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