A wealthy Cape Cod estate owner fighting Cape Wind got a big surprise today when clean energy supporters rallied at John Fish’s corporate headquarters. Reports Boston Business Journal’s Thomas Grillo:
A dozen demonstrators showed up at Suffolk Construction headquarters in Boston on Thursday to protest CEO John Fish’s stance against Cape Wind.
Fish, who also serves as chairman of the Massachusetts Competitive Partnership, a non-partisan public policy group comprised of chief executive officers of some of the Bay State’s largest businesses, recently took out a full-page ad in The Boston Globe and other publications opposing Cape Wind, a proposed offshore wind energy project off the coast of Cape Cod. […]
“Does Fish think the next Hurricane Sandy hitting Boston will make our businesses more competitive?” Altemose said in a statement. “How about sea level rise inundating tens of thousands of Massachusetts homes and businesses? Climate change, and the fossil fuels causing it, are the real threats to Massachusetts businesses. If Fish doesn’t understand that, he’s missing the boat.”
Joshua Jackson, an organizer for Better Future Project, cited economic benefits of the $2.5 billion Cape Wind project, noting that the project will reduce wholesale electric costs, resulting in savings of $7.2 billion over 25 years. He also said Cape Wind will create 514 jobs in Massachusetts and 1,119 jobs in New England.
What’s the real reason these wealthy businessmen are fighting Cape Wind? “John Fish, Chairman of the Massachusetts Competitive Partnership and CEO of Suffolk Construction, owns an $11 million compound in Oyster Harbors, the exclusive gated community in Osterville where Bill Koch also lives,” according to Walter Brooks at CapeCodToday.com. Bill Koch has been quite vocal that the fight against Cape Wind is primarily about protecting his estate’s view at the expense of Massachusetts’ public health, energy security, and climate stability.
Tell the Cape Cod estate owners fighting Cape Wind that we’re not backing down. Sign the petition from the Conservation Law Foundation & MoveOn Civic Action to build Cape Wind now.