Sierra Club Executive Director backs Cape Wind process

Carl Pope critical of anti-wind "hijackers"
NIMBYs have selfish, business reasons for stopping Cape Wind
 
by Dick Farley / Washington Correspondent
 
WASHINGTON, DC -- February 28, 2007 -- The Executive Director of the 700,000-member Sierra Club on Tuesday criticized opponents of the Cape Wind wind power project slated for Nantucket Sound and endorsed the process by which the project is being reviewed.
 
Carl Pope, a 32-year veteran national environmental activist and professional was questioned about his and Sierra Club's position on the wind farm near the close of the Apollo Alliance Summit for Clean Energy and Good Jobs, held in Washington earlier this week.
 
Pope is a co-founder of Apollo Alliance, a coalition in which environmental organizations, trade unions, energy entrepreneurs and public policy groups are converging in an effort to solidify their message and be sure their respective efforts respect the needs and priorities of other Apollo Alliance members.
 
Cape Wind Associates president and CEO Jim Gordon was a featured panelist at two sessions during the three-day conference. Gordon and Cape Wind were termed the "emotional center point" of the summit by Apollo Alliance national campaign director Dan Seligman, who cited Cape Wind's support by advocacy groups and active involvement in the process by trade unionists like the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW).
 
Pope, the Sierra Club Executive Director, outlined the process by which his organization has been following Cape Wind and evolving the environmental group's position on the project as the requisite state and federal studies have progressed.
 
Fossil fuel industry fighting renewables 
 
Pope told Cape Cod Today, "This is a good project, and as long as it is built within the guidelines being developed by the ongoing process, we will support it."
 
Pope reserved his harshest criticism of organizations and individuals he intimated are fronting for interests who do not want wind energy to become a significant part of America's future energy mix.
 
"We have been very opposed to efforts to hijack the process and derail this project by people opposed to wind power," the Sierra Club Executive Director said. "Some of the backers of these efforts have reasons other than 'their view' to oppose a project like this coming online."
 
Pope was referring to major funding sources and key directors of the Alliance to Project Nantucket Sound, who have extensive holdings in established energy related industries.
Sierra Club's confidence in the Cape Wind review process echoed the attitude of Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick, who the day before expressed his confidence in the review process and told Cape Cod Today that the wind farm project "has been strengthened by the process," and that the governor has been impressed by the effort of Cape Wind to answer scientific and siting questions and respond to public concerns.
 
Editor's Note;  Cape Cod Today ran these other recent Op Ed pieces from Sierra Club officials and members in California;
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