Greenpeace’s Global Warming and Energy Campaign challenged the Alliance to Protect Nantucket Sound today as it hosted Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. aboard the Spirit of Massachusetts. Two Greenpeace boats pulled alongside the event with banners reading "Bobby You Are On The Wrong Boat," "Wind Power Protects Nantucket Sound" and delivered a package to Kennedy, encouraging him not to abandon his environmental principles. The alliance’s event is part of an ongoing NIMBY (Not in My Backyard) campaign to defeat the visionary wind farm proposed for the waters off of Cape Cod.
"Mr. Kennedy has championed efforts to clean up America's
dirtiest power plants and is a supporter of renewable energy.
Unfortunately, now he is abandoning his environmental principles
and taking a boat tour with a big oil executive who opposes the
most important renewable energy project in New England," said Chris
Miller of Greenpeace. "People throughout the United States need to
know that Robert Kennedy is on the wrong boat."
For more than a decade, Greenpeace has worked successfully to
bring offshore wind to Europe and now the industry is strongly
supported by politicians and the public. The proposed offshore wind
in Cape Cod will provide 75 percent of the Cape and Island's energy
needs without spewing any asthma-causing pollution or adding to the
growing threat from global warming. This project has gone through
extensive review and found no lasting environmental impacts. When
built, it will help clean the Cape's air and protect its water and
will become a scenic attraction for tourists.
"Given the fact that Mr. Kennedy's own children suffer from
asthma and he has worked tirelessly on these issues in support of
wind power, he should join Greenpeace and countless other
environmental groups in support of the project" continued Miller.
"It's time for RFK, Jr. to lead the Cape and Islands toward a clean
energy revolution. It's about a vision for healthy oceans, not the
view from the Kennedy compound."
Other contacts: Chris Miller on the Sound at (202) 262-0831
or John Coequyt at (202) 319-2409
Exp. contact date: 2005-09-17 00:00:00