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    Activists try to breathe life into Cape Wind

    Cape Wind may be dead in the water, but climate activists aren’t giving up on the ambitious offshore turbine project yet.

    In January, after a decade of starts and stops, National Grid and other utility companies that had promised to purchase power from Cape Wind pulled out of their contracts, citing backers’ failure to meet key financing deadlines. Without buyers lined up, the project is effectively stalled.

    Now, a coalition of environmental groups led by the Better Future Project have kicked off a “hail Mary” campaign asking National Grid president Marcy Reed to reconsider.

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    “Marcy Reed is on the record calling for more offshore wind in Massachusetts,” said James Razsa, the group’s director of campaigns, in a statement. “This is her chance to act on her convictions, with support from people across Massachusetts and beyond.”

    The activists say they have gathered thousands of signatures online in support of Cape Wind, which they printed out and delivered to the utility Thursday. They are also expect hundreds to attend a rally Saturday on Boston Common, where they will erect oversized pinwheels representing wind turbines.

    Dan Adams can be reached at dadams@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @DanielAdams86.