To: The United States House of Representatives and The United States Senate

Stand Up to Bill Koch: Build Cape Wind Now!

Fossil fuel billionaire Bill Koch wants to stop the Cape Wind offshore wind energy project and the clean energy and jobs it will produce. Since 2006, Koch has spent millions of his coal mining and petroleum fortune to delay Cape Wind, saying he “doesn’t want it in [his] backyard.” As someone who profits mightily from the dirty energy industry, is it any surprise that Koch is spending millions of his own dollars fighting this groundbreaking clean energy project?

Koch recently told CommonWealth Magazine that his strategy on Cape Wind is “delay, delay, delay.” Despite his efforts, Cape Wind has passed every federal and state environmental review and received all of its permits. But Koch also said that he has no intention of giving up.

At a time when the evidence of climate change is overwhelming, and the need for jobs is critical, unleashing the potential of this homegrown offshore wind project has never been more important. Koch recently said, “The concept of getting alternative energy that’s going to save the earth is not consistent with what people want.” But Koch couldn’t be more wrong, and certainly doesn’t speak for me. Stand up to Bill Koch and end this campaign of delay. Let’s build Cape Wind now!

Why is this important?

For over a decade, Cape Wind’s promise of clean, renewable energy and new jobs for Massachusetts has been held captive by dirty energy-backed opposition. Enough is enough: Cape Wind can and should be built – but we have to stand together.

Multi-billionaire dirty energy magnate Bill Koch – brother of Charles Koch and David Koch—has pumped millions into opposing Cape Wind. In his campaign against Cape Wind, Koch has used lobbyists, flimsy lawsuits, and funded a pseudo-environmental group to drag out the process of approving Cape Wind. So far, nothing has worked: Cape Wind has passed every federal and state environmental review and received all of its permits. But with billions at his disposal, Koch continues to try to “delay, delay, delay” Cape Wind – apparently in hopes that we’ll give up and quit.

Koch insists that “getting alternative energy that’s going to save the earth is not consistent with what people want.” If that’s not the message you want deciding Cape Wind’s fate in Washington, tell your representatives in Congress to put an end to Bill Koch’s campaign of delay and support building Cape Wind now.

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