Column by James Freeman in the Cape Cod Times, 12/5/11...Sitting with Gordon in his spartan Boston office recently is to see a man more willful than wistful. He has endured years of personal epithets, endless public meetings, political and judicial jostling and searing setbacks, but has steadfastly succeeded, in the face of poor odds, in nearly seeing the wind farm begin construction and, ultimately, generation.
Opinions & Editorials
Boston Business Journal Op Ed by Cape Wind Communications Director Mark Rodgers
Massachusetts Wins with Cape Wind
Visit port cities in Denmark and Germany and you will see a beehive of activity. People are working with large cranes assembling offshore wind turbines and placing them on barges.
Op Ed that appeared in the Cape Cod Times on June 30 by Susannah Parasons, Bourne resident and student at the University of Vermont. Appears here in its entirety with the author's permission.
Our young people need Cape Wind
By SUSANNAH PARSONS
June 30, 2011
In her June 14 op-ed piece, "Why Cape Wind is bound to fail," Audra Parker expounds on various obstacles to the Cape Wind project she feels will prevent success. Claiming that support for the project has dwindled, she's confident the Sound is safe from "desecration."
In reality, Ms.
...As Barnstable County reassesses its overall mission, shouldn't it take leadership in addressing the challenges to the Cape's future with goals for wind energy to protect the island?
When Cape Wind is built, all eyes will be on us. But what will we stand for? Cape Codders have always been seen as cherishing the environment.
Despite National Grid's repeated statements that its residential customers will pay only $1.59 per month (a nickel a day) extra to include Cape Wind's clean electricity, opponents still call this agreement a bad deal.
...The Cape does not have the natural resources or infrastructure to support manufacturing or mining, but we do have one abundant natural resource — wind.
Recent local news reveals that the towns of Falmouth and Harwich are competing to be the site of an operations facility from which parts of the Cape Wind project will be managed — with good reason. According to Mark Rodgers, Cape Wind spokesman, this facility will entail 40 to 50 jobs.
By Jacqueline Savitz
Senior Scientist and Senior Campaign Director, Oceana
Making the necessary transition from fossil fuels to a clean energy economy is incredibly important, and it will require some major changes in the way we do business. This means cutting fossil fuel use, electrifying our automobile fleet, and building up clean energy production.
“Great spirits have always encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds,” Albert Einstein once wrote. The lesson here is that we all need to stretch ours. It was Einstein who also said, “If the facts don’t fit the theory, change the facts.”
Early on, the facts offered up from proponents of the Cape Wind project didn’t fit my theory. As a 30-year-resident of Cape Cod and a journalist, I was adamant in my opposition to Cape Wind. And I certainly didn’t want to be confused with the facts.
Letter to the Editor that appears in Boston Herald, October 5, 2010:
Even the deli dealer who sold me the Herald said he would be happy to pay an extra buck and a quarter a month to halt the pollution that plagues our coasts and our air (“Cape Wind bags,” Oct. 4). The Herald states that Cape Wind rates “are in stark contrast to the lower prices for land-based wind power now available from turbines in Maine, New York and Canada.” Wrong.