11 years and counting. That’s how long we’ve been waiting for the promise of Cape Wind: clean, renewable energy; new, green jobs; reduced air emissions and carbon pollution; energy at a predictable price over the long-term; energy security; and a gateway to an enormous untapped clean energy supply. Cape Wind is ready to go! It’s cleared every federal and state review, passed environmental muster, been given the go ahead by the Department of the Interior, has long-term contracts for more than three-quarters of its electricity, and has the support of Governor Patrick and 80 percent of Massachusetts citizens. So, why isn’t Cape Wind up and running? Because the Alliance to Protect Nantucket Sound, a pseudo-environmental organization backed and led by fossil fuel magnate Bill Koch, is hell bent on blocking it. The Alliance has said it will “never allow Cape Wind to become a reality.” These fighting words have been backed by Koch’s murky millions and selfish interests: Cape Wind’s promise is a direct threat to Koch’s dirty energy empire and the grip coal and oil have on our country.
Despite the Alliance’s efforts, Cape Wind is moving forward. In the past 24 months alone, Cape Wind has cleared a string of major legal and regulatory hurdles, allowing the developers to proceed with financing the project. In August 2012, on the heels of a favorable decision by the Federal Aviation Administration that confirmed – for the fourth time – that the project won’t interfere with air traffic, Cape Wind announced that it had entered into an agreement to purchase a marina in Falmouth, Massachusetts that will serve as its base of operations. This summer, Cape Wind also began work on ocean floor surveys, an important step in the lead up to construction.
Still, obstacles remain. The Alliance continues to exploit every avenue possible to slow the project’s momentum, including time and money-wasting attempts to sow doubt about the legitimacy of the proceedings – across multiple administrations – that have cleared the project for takeoff. As recently as August 2012, the Alliance launched yet another federal lawsuit challenging the FAA decision, adding to its 2010 lawsuit that is still holding up the works in federal court.
So, what can we do to get Cape Wind NOW? We can stand up for our right to clean energy and its promise for Massachusetts. We can stare down the dirty energy billionaire who is wielding his influence to deprive us of clean air, hundreds of new jobs and energy independence. We can let our local, state and national leaders know that we are tired of waiting and want them to stand with us to push Cape Wind over the finish line. We can pledge to be loud and proud in our support for Cape Wind and pull back the curtain hiding the Alliance’s puppet master and the real reason wind turbines aren’t already spinning in Nantucket Sound. Together, we can make Cape Wind a reality…now.
Stand with Cape Wind Now and pledge your support today!