Yesterday a group of protesters showed up at the national headquarters of Suffolk Construction to protest the failed economic leadership of its CEO John Fish, the Chair of the Massachusetts Competitive Partnership (MACP).
The MACP recently ran a full-page ad in the Boston Globe, the Boston Herald and the Cape Cod Times claiming that Cape Wind, a proposed offshore wind energy project off the coast of Cape Cod, would make Massachusetts businesses less competitive.
An array of businesses, environmental groups, and others have challenged this assumption, naming the benefits of price stability that Cape Wind will provide, decades into the future, along with the savings in reduced health costs from asthma, cancer, lung disease, and other effects of burning coal, oil, and gas for electricity generation.
Protestors march on Suffolk Construction's CEO
Protestors gathered at the Andrew T-Station in South Boston then marched 1 mile to the national headquarters of Suffolk Construction at 65 Allerton Street. They shouted chants including "M-A-C-P, front for the fossil fuel industry".
"Does Fish think the next Hurricane Sandy hitting Boston will make our businesses more competitive? How about sea level rise inundating tens of thousands of Massachusetts homes and businesses?" asked Craig Altemose, Executive Director of Better Future Project, which is leading a campaign to push for the immediate construction of Cape Wind. "Climate change - and the fossil fuels causing it - are the real threats to Massachusetts businesses. If Fish doesn't understand that, he's missing the boat."
Cape Wind will create over 500 jobs in Massachusetts
Joshua Jackson, Clean Energy Organizer for Better Future Project, explained the economic benefits of the $2.5-billion-dollar project. “Cape Wind will have a 'price suppression' effect and reduce wholesale electric costs, resulting in aggregate savings of $7.2 billion over 25 years.” He also added that Cape Wind “will create an average net addition of 514 jobs in Massachusetts and 1,119 jobs in New England.”
This demonstration is part of a larger campaign to push for the immediate construction of Cape Wind. Organizers with Better Future Project and 350 Massachusetts have planned for a 60-mile march from the Brayton Point coal plant in Somerset, MA to Cape Cod, near the proposed site for Cape Wind, later this summer.