Supporters attend Army Corps fourth public hearing in Cambridge

Environmental groups regard the project as an important step toward creating large-scale commercial power plants independent of foreign fuel; they also deride opponents -- who say they would support wind energy projects elsewhere -- as embracing a Not In My Backyard philosophy.

"You cannot NIMBY anywhere, any time, and expect to have electricity everywhere, all the time," said Norris McDonald, founder and president of the African American Environmentalist Association, asking opponents to accept their "fair share" of the burden of energy projects. "Minority communities have accepted more than their fair share of pollution."

Eric Chivian, director of Harvard Medical School's Center for Health and the Global Environment, who shared the 1985 Nobel Peace Prize, said opponents fail to grasp the risk of global warming, advanced by pollution from traditional power plants. "If we defeat the Cape Wind project, we will have foreclosed a significant first step toward protecting our children's health and the health of their environment, and we will have made a tragic and shamefully ignorant mistake," he said.

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