The Honorable Kenneth Salazar, Secretary of the Interior
US Department of the Interior, 1849 C Street, NW, Washington, DC 20240
Dear Mr. Salazar:
I am a supporter of the Cape Wind Farm proposed for Nantucket Sound. With a majority of people in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts supporting this project, we are ready to get on with its construction. When operating, the wind farm will definitively change the way we view our nation's energy future.
When you approve the project, opposition will give way to the more positive action of moving forward. Those who have opposed the project have drawn much of their strength from the late Senator Kennedy's objections to the project, and his objections were understood by many to be based largely on a sense of nostalgia.
Locally, we need the fight to be over. We are all weary of the paralysis. Recently, a few people have suggested that Nantucket Sound be designated as a Traditional Cultural Property. If so defined, then one would have to include by definition Cape Cod Bay with its nuclear power plant - indeed, all of our lands and waters. As a parish priest, I know that there are many kinds of traditional cultural property, but none so important and ultimately transcending as that which celebrates the sanctity of the earth itself and our will to preserve it for the future.
Thus, we must consider what is truly sacred: a great nation living in harmony with and within itself and with and within the world -- a nation where the "sacrifice" of a very small portion of a coastal sea, for one generation, is measured against the extraordinary sacrifice that we are asking of so many thousands of our fellow citizens who live where the mining of coal removes mountains and who drink water fouled by the extraction of natural gas and who are being deployed and redeployed overseas where the oil is.
You are being presented with a most wonderful and important opportunity to make a decision that will be remembered as a turning point in the life of our country. And you will bring to those of us who live here a sense of resolution, resolve and the rekindling of our mutual respect for one another. Senator Kennedy would have wanted that most of all.
William Eddy, Waquoit, Ma 02536
Postscript: I was chaplain at the Colorado College in 1979 and 1980. Several students and I built a wind turbine, which we placed at the entrance to Shove Chapel. Since then I have served in more that fifteen parishes in Massachusetts. My commitment to the building of the wind farm in Nantucket Sound represents a long-standing commitment to uphold in my own small way the manifest desire of us all to bring about a more noble future.