Greenpeace Airs Ads to Reinforce Cape Wind Support

July 6, 2010

International environmental group Greenpeace began airing television ads in Massachusetts today targeting Rep. William Delahunt and Sen. Edward Kennedy. The lawmakers continue to oppose the Cape Wind project, to be sited in Nantucket Sound off of Cape Cod, which is slated to be the first offshore wind energy installation in the United States. The ads will air this week and next, and again the week of September 10, to set the record straight after a misleading radio ad campaign by Cape Wind opponents

“As the birthplace of American independence, Massachusetts finds
itself in a position to again spark revolution, this time in the
fight for independence from dirty and dangerous energy,” said
Greenpeace global warming campaigner Katherine Smolski.  “Our
elected leaders owe future generations of Americans the chance to
escape the climate crisis and breathe clean air.  That is why
Senator Kennedy and Representative Delahunt should no longer cater
to the interests of the wealthy few and fully support the Cape Wind
project,” she continued.

Having already passed the Commonwealth’s environmental impact
review, the Army Corps of Engineers review, and been certified as
having no significant impact on the marine environment,
navigational safety and shipping lanes, the Cape Wind project has
endured an approval process lasting over six years.  Public desire
for action on global warming prevented Sen. Kennedy from killing
the project through a backdoor deal brokered with Alaska Sen. Ted
Stevens, in part stoked by a Greenpeace television spot exposing
Kennedy’s hypocrisy.  The wind turbines would be within eyesight of
the Kennedy compound and the homes of other wealthy residents. One
further step in the approval process, the publication of the
federal draft environmental impact statement by the U.S. Department
of Interior’s Mineral Management Service (MMS) is expected this
fall.

“Cape Wind’s opponents have been misleading the public about the
impacts the project will have on the economy and environment of the
Cape and Islands.  A clean energy project that would provide 75
percent of the electricity needs of the Cape and Islands is the
answer,” added Smolski.  “These leaders know that global warming
could eventually put the Massachusetts coast under water;
protecting the view from the Kennedy compound is not the leadership
that neither Massachusetts nor the United States needs,” she
concluded.

Greenpeace members and supporters of the Cape Wind project will
be attending public meetings in the coming months to show that
citizens stand on the side of common sense and sound science in
making Massachusetts a leader in renewable energy.  The Greenpeace
ads airing in the coming weeks will direct viewers to a website
where citizens can take action and support a clean energy future
for the Commonwealth.

VVPR info: steve.smith@wdc.greenpeace.org

Notes: To view the ad, go to: http://www.greenpeace.org/capewindad”>http://www.greenpeace.org/capewindad

The action alert can be viewed at: http://www.greenpeace.org/capewind

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