The first day of the rest of your life

Governor congratulates Clean Power Now on a "job well done"

Sixteen patriotic Americans from Cape Cod and The Islands gathered on Craigville Beach on June 10, 2003 to launch a "Renewable Energy Revolution" called Clean Power Now. Photo by W. Brooks.

By Walter Brooks

Seven years, one month and seven days ago today, the sixteen patriots above gathered on a windy beach in Craigville to renounce the lies and deceit of those working to stop America's move away from fossil fuel.

It was a year and a half after 9/11, and America's dependence on foreign oil was growing daily while American men and women were dying daily on the hot Middle Eastern sands to protect the supply of that same oil which was the root cause of 9/11 in the first place.

During the announcement to the press that day, founder Bill Eddy of Falmouth, holding the banner above on left, set a tone for the group's campaign by serendipitously coining the phrase "it's the vision, not the view".

Like every day you awake and not find your name in the obituaries, June 10, 2003 was the first day of the rest of their lives, and they decided to do something about it by starting a Renewable Energy Revolution right here on Cape Cod.

Yesterday the governor called

A tad younger Stephen Peckham excoriated the NIMBYs who lived nearby in 2003. Yesterday he cooked the burgers & franks at a celebration at his home which he shares with spouse Barbara Hill.

By yesterday these 16 patriots had grown their ranks to more that twelve thousand, and they paused to celebrate the federal government's approval of America's first offshore wind farm which will be built six miles over their heads in the photos here.

The party was held at Clean Power Now executive director Barbara Hill's home in Centerville not far from the scene above.

Most of the founders attended along with guests like Jim Gordon of Cape Wind, Susan Reid of the Conservation Law Foundation and Greg Watson Secretary for Clean Energy Technology, Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs.

Half way through the hot dogs and burger, the phone rang and Governor Deval Patrick called to congratulate CPN.

He reminded us all that it was only four years ago that he stood under the first town-owned wind turbine in Hull and proclaimed his strong support for the then-beleaguered Cape Wind project.

At the time Attorney General Tom Reilly was way ahead of Patrick in the polls, but a week later Patrick's poll numbers jumped 20 percent, and he went on to trounce Reilly in the Democratic primary that September.

What say you Bill Keating, Rob O'Leary, Joe Malone and Jeff Perry?

It is ironic that to date none of the major candidates running for the United States Congress in our 10th District have seen the vision rather than the view.

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