With Cape Wind finally on the verge of construction, I have an op-ed in today’s New Bedford Standard-Times pointing out that the years-long wait has unnecessarily delayed hiring thousands of workers here in southeastern Massachusetts:
What makes this damaging delay so outrageous is that it’s no accident — a coalition of big polluters and big-money landowners on the Cape have conspired to fund the “Alliance to Protect Nantucket Sound,” a front group that’s spent millions to keep Cape Wind tied up in red tape. On Tuesday, the Alliance is set to hit an outrageous new low: At exactly the same time as Gov. Deval Patrick and Mayor Jon Mitchell are finally breaking ground on the South Terminal here in New Bedford, the Alliance’s head will be in Washington urging Congress to kill incentives for offshore wind energy.
Read the whole thing here. Fun fact: I’ve written 1,654 posts at TheGreenMiles.com and hundreds more for BlueMassGroup, BlueVirginia.us, Blog.NWF.org and other sites, but this is the first op-ed I’ve submitted and gotten published in the dead tree edition of a newspaper.