Blowing in the face of Wind...
By Stephen Peckham
The Cape Cod Times editorialized once again against the Cape Wind project. They utilize "Representative" Delahunt to shore up ‘their case' against the project. In doing so, they misrepresent, and are not truthful about the facts. This, is dereliction of civic duty & fiduciary responsibility to the public.
Mark Forest, chief of staff of U.S. Rep. William Delahunt (referencing Rhode Island's) says:
"The work of the Consortium is an attempt to address a number of lessons learned from the Cape Wind "train wreck." -As descriptive of the Cape Wind permitting process. Interestingly, over 86% of MA residents and 74% of Cape & Island residents support the project. Our two elected officials ignore their constituents wish for clean power now.
There is a influential 'consortium' that exists on Cape Cod. It consists of Kennedy & Delahunt elected to ‘represent' the best interests of their constituents. And the D'alliance to 'Protect' the View of a Few... And irresponsibly, the Cape Cod Times publisher / editorial board.
Forest adds: "There is the siting process, the question of who decides how best to use public waters - is it energy companies or the people? Is it the -government agencies- their elected representatives have designated to manage public lands and waters? Or is it developers with their lobbyists and hired guns?"
Lest we forget: Cape Wind, applied to the Army Corps of Engineers... A: "government agency". Then, after years of review, and because Kennedy/Delahunt etal didn't like that: "government agency(ies)" approval of the project... Had the application sent to MMS... Another: "government agency".
FYI: Mark Forest - The Army Corps of Engineers & MMS are: "the government agencies"... Our elected "representatives" have "designated to manage public lands and waters."
Kennedy and your boss -don't like- the manner these respected "government agencies" "designated by our elected ‘REPRESENTATIVES' to manage public lands and waters."... Support CAPE WIND.
You accuse the developer of "lobbying and using hired guns" to influence: ‘government agencies'.
Ironically, facts bear out, to obtain: A fair review... Cape Wind found it necessary to hire lawyer & lobbyist to ensure they are treated fairly & respectfully by our very own: Senators & Representatives.
Kennedy & Delahunt continue to unabashedly attempt underhanded political subterfuge to sabotage the project. All for the sake of: The -View of the Few-... Privileged, millionaire & billionaire waterfront part-time home owners in Osterville's Oyster Harbors, Cotuit, New Seabury, and Great Island.
Carrying the Times editorial to outrageous level they pen: "Under the current Cape Wind process, community and local stakeholders have little say."
The paper had reporters at the six all day -Public stake holder meetings- held by Mass Tech Collaborative shortly after the project was announced.
And, had reporters at the four -public hearings- held by the -Army Corps of Engineers- in... Yarmouth, Nantucket, Marthas's Vineyard and Cambridge.
And, had reporters at the three or four other -public meetings that were held for various applications pertaining to the project in... Yarmouth, Woods Hole, Falmouth, Cambridge.
And, had reporters at the four public meetings held by -MMS- in... Yarmouth, Nantucket, Martha's Vineyard, Cambridge.
And, had reporters at the a dozen or more public meetings sponsored by different community groups (including the League of Women Voters who support the project) in which Cape Wind, public officials and residents had many, many opportunities to 'have their say'.
Delahunt says: "it is better to have government predesignate sites, avoid shipping lanes and fishing grounds and recommend areas based on science that is objective."
If that the case Mr. Delahunt...You & Kennedy have failed to do your job.
You are very much aware that Europe and the rest of the world have been forging ahead with government planning & oversight for on and offshore wind turbines for decades... To utilize renewable energy to produce their electricity.
You & Kennedy have had the opportunity to initiate legislation as soon as the project was announced in 2000. You did nothing then, nor for years after... Until you finally realized this project, based on objective science, had a really good chance of being permitted & built.
Now that Minerals Management Services, (a government agency) has come out favorable for CAPE WIND... Kennedy, despite the overwhelming support of Massachusetts citizens... Says he expects it will (not) stand... Predicting years of litigation.
Clearly, you do not fairly & responsibly represent & legislate for the best interests of the great majority of your constituents, as noted by poll after poll... Which you shamefully ignore. You guys have blown it but good.
Stephen M. Peckham
105 Park Ave., Centerville, MA 02632 (508) 776-1128