Inherit the Wind


Attempt to Kill Cape Cod Wind Project Could Have Major Implications for Nation's Clean Energy Future The Cape Wind project—a 130-turbine wind farm proposed for federal waters in Nantucket Sound—is under attack. If built, this source of clean, renewable energy would be the first of its kind in the United States. However, a last-minute provision inserted in the Coast Guard bill may put an end to this critical project. Cape Wind has already undergone five years of exhaustive reviews and has passed regulatory muster by state, regional, and federal authorities.

America needs clean energy sources that do not deplete our natural resources or destroy our environment. Please urge your senators and representative to oppose provisions in the Coast Guard bill that would stifle much needed development of clean, renewable offshore wind power.


Subject: Protect Nation's First Offshore Wind Farm

Dear Senator or Representative,

Please oppose provisions in the Coast Guard Authorization conference report that would stifle the country's first offshore wind development project–Cape Wind.

Cape Wind would produce enough clean, renewable energy to supply three-quarters of Cape Cod's energy needs.

This project has already undergone exhaustive review and has passed regulatory muster by the Massachusetts Energy Facility Siting Board, the US Coast Guard, and the US Army Corps of Engineers.

Without any hearing or debate, a special-interest provision inserted into this legislation would give the Governor of Massachusetts, who is opposed to Cape Wind, unilateral authority the kill it. This veto provision singles out the Cape Wind project and does not apply to other energy projects. This establishes an arbitrary barrier to a single project, not based on the merits of Cape Wind.

I urge you to oppose provisions that would stifle this promising renewable energy development project.


What's At Stake:
America needs clean energy sources that do not deplete our natural resources or destroy our environment. UCS supports the responsible development of offshore wind as an economical way to generate clean, renewable energy. The Cape Wind project has undergone five years of exhaustive reviews. The Massachusetts Energy Facilities Siting Board found that the project’s low cost, clean, reliable energy is essential for the state’s energy needs. In addition, the US Coast Guard found that Cape Wind will not interfere with shipping or seafarers’ safety and the Army Corps of Engineers’ draft environmental impact statement concluded Cape Wind’s environmental benefits are compelling.

Section 414 of the Coast Guard conference report would give the Governor of Massachusetts unprecedented veto power over this one project. Mitt Romney (R) opposes Cape Wind. More…

One Response

  1. As a colonial-rooted Cape Cod native who firmly believes in the sanctity of our maritime heritage, I am writing to ardently express my steadfast support for the Alliance to Protect Nantucket Sound. Based upon sensible logic, data and reasoning, I am also conversely opposed to the controversial Cape Wind Project which seeks to despoil and rob us of the pristine nautical legacy bestowed by our forefathers. As a result of the likely profound damaging regional financial, ecological and public safety consequences Cape Wind would wrought upon us all, it should not be allowed to proceed forward to fruition.

    The project poses a cogent danger to essential air and sea navigation. Siting the project in Nantucket Sound is a breach of the public trust. Contrary to their sham claims, the cost of the electricity which the project will produce would not be cheap or competitive. It would be an unbearable fiscal burden hoisted upon us without our sanction or consent. Furthermore, it will represent a deleterious local economic blow by it’s absconding of undeserved taxpayer-funded subsidies, forced real estate devaluations, and lost revenues from commercial and tourism activities. The proposed one hundred thirty wind turbines will perpetually cause unsightly visual contamination and distressing noise pollution. Finally, Cape Wind will unnecessarily endanger a critical marine and wildlife habitat.

    With the aforesaid thoughtful rationales in mind, along with the inherently unfair and inequitable nature of the proposed Cape Wind Project itself, it must not become a reality which will forever doom our children and grandchildren to a ghastly socially inhumane legacy.

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