When Cape Wind begins construction, it will be the leading edge of an offshore wind industry that’s already created 35,000 jobs in Europe. As Cape Wind’s Hannah Wood writes in the Cape Cod Times, those jobs are critical to a region in transition:
I know for some, concerns about Cape Wind stem from a desire to keep the Cape as it is. But, like it or not, climate change is already affecting the Cape.
The question for all of us is whether we try to control the change or let it control us. If we don’t start using cleaner sources of energy, we are on a course to see much more severe erosion from our beaches and dunes and continued harm to fish and other wildlife, as well as to the plants and trees that we all enjoy.
Constructing this offshore wind farm is the type of change we need to ensure that future generations can appreciate the Cape as much as we do now.
Young people on Cape Cod also need more sustainable industries here that pay decent salaries year-round so more of them stay here to raise families of their own. Offshore wind is a move in the right direction, and Cape Wind is a crucial first step.
But what about the view from Bill Koch’s vacation estate? And what about all the other wealthy Cape Cod landowners hiding behind front groups to attack Cape Wind? What should come first – our economic development, public health, and long-term climate security, or their pristine estate views?
Sign the petition from the Conservation Law Foundation and MoveOn.org Civic Action to stand up to Bill Koch and build Cape Wind now.