The Times deserves credit for getting the elusive billionaire Bill Koch on the record (“Politics shape Cape Wind debate,” Nov. 1). It’s hard to know whether to laugh or cry. Koch calls Cape Wind “somewhat of an irritant.” Pretty modest for a guy who’s spent a decade financing the Alliance to Protect Nantucket Sound, his personal front group with no legitimacy in the environmental community.
He talks about “visual pollution” but apparently has no problem with real pollution or the scars caused by his coal mines and industry oil rigs off the coast. He talks about the cost of wind energy, but what’s the cost of climate change in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, Katrina and the BP oil spill? Bill Koch talks about cost, but he never mentions the decades of government subsidies for the fossil fuel industry, where he made his fortune.
America is decades behind Europe and China in developing offshore wind. It’s a tourist attraction in Copenhagen. It’s a job creator in China. It is America’s future. And Cape Wind will be built.
Originally published in The Cape Cod Times.