Kerry and Cape Wind: Time to move beyond the rhetoric
Listen to your own call for "leadership, leadership, leadership"
By Barbara Hill
Senator, you claimed during remarks yesterday at a forum organized by the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the Brookings Institution that the missing ingredient to fix the major problem of climate change has been "leadership, leadership, leadership." I couldn't agree with you more.
“My view on Cape Wind is very simple. I’m all for wind power. If the EIS comes back approving it, I’m all for it.”
- Senator Kerry, October 2008.
National leadership and support has been severely lacking for the Cape Wind project - a project of transcendent importance that would reduce carbon dioxide emission, a key greenhouse gas, by 733,876 tons per year, which is equivalent to taking 175,000 automobiles off the road each year. It could launch an offshore wind industry right here in Massachusetts and set the stage for a staggering 30,000 jobs. Five major state and federal reports have concluded that the Cape Wind project has minimal to negligible environmental and socio-economic impacts and significant public interest benefits.
Cape Wind is more than just one single project as it serves as a symbol not only of energy independence but independence from the politics as usual. Four times there have been back door maneuverings to stop this project from moving fully through the review process and each time at the last minute those attempts were defeated. They were defeated by a combination of grassroots efforts, labor support and environmental voices all saying if this project passes regulatory muster than it must proceed.
You were quoted in the October 2008 Brockton Enterprise article, “Kerry Poised to Support Cape Wind Project” saying, “My view on Cape Wind is very simple. I’m all for wind power. If the EIS comes back approving it, I’m all for it.” You promised that upon issuance of a positive FEIS you would come out in support of the project.
It's been seven weeks since the Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) was issued on the Cape Wind project giving it the "Good Housekeeping" seal of approval.
It's been five weeks since I sent a letter to you Senator asking that keep your promise and speak out in support of Cape Wind. Seize the opportunity for leadership, leadership, leadership Senator.