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December 29, 2013

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Don’t stand in way of Cape Wind

To the editor:

The New Year is usually a sign of optimism and hope for good things to come with new, bigger and better ideas. This particular year ushers in a 13th anniversary of blatant obstruction to an idea whose time is bitterly long overdue. We are of course talking about the Cape Wind Project.

This idea of a clean, green, limitless source of energy has been involved in a major battle of ideology since its inception 13 long years ago. Jim Gordon, the developer of Cape Wind, has taken an estimated $70 million in hard cash of his own to make this energy dream a reality but so far to no avail.

There have been many skirmishes during the past decade, most were in the nature of “snob zoning” or “visual pollution.” Imagine comparing wind turbines to the smokestacks spewing toxic coal residue.

The real war of opposition kicked into high gear when fossil fuel developer Bill Koch came on to the scene. Mr. Koch is the brother of Charles and David Koch who are the majority owners of Koch Industries. Bill has his own fossil fuel company named the Oxbow Group that operates coal mines and also produces petroleum coke. The patriarch of the family, their father Fred Chase Koch, was a major player in the fossil fuel industry and left his children a wonderful and very rich and prosperous life. Bill Koch, a billionaire, has a disdain for Cape Wind and can easily outmatch an ordinary millionaire like Mr. Gordon. Meanwhile Bill Koch has been acquiring large parcels of property on the Cape Islands and has decreed according to the New York Times: “The ability to acquire a special property where I can create a family com- pound for my children and my extended family was and is very important to me.”

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