Interior Secretary Salazar gets it right on wind energy
Posted by sanityinjection on March 9, 2009
President Obama’s Interior Secretary, Ken Salazar, gave a strong endorsement to wind power initiatives in an interview with the Associated Press.
Salazar, a Democrat and former Senator from Colorado, backed the idea of new federal regulations that would allow for offshore wind farm development in coastal waters. He pointed out (correctly) that wind energy is a critical component of any comprehensive strategy to wean the US away from fossil fuels.
He also specifically referenced the Cape Wind project, a proposal for a wind farm off the shores of Cape Cod in Massachusetts. That project has been controversial and has drawn opposition, most significantly from the “liberal lion” of the Senate, Ted Kennedy. Kennedy, you see, talks a lot about saving the environment, but would much rather have wind turbines in *your* neck of the woods than messing up the skyline views from his palatial beach compound.
Anyway, Salazar gave a general endorsement of the project and warned against getting “stuck in a not-in-my-backyard syndrome”. Sort of a sour note for Ted after being knighted by the British and then having most of Washington come to kiss his ass at a lavish birthday celebration.
While I applaud Secretary Salazar’s comments, we are quickly learning that what the Obama Administration says, and what they actually do, do not necessarily correlate. I don’t doubt Salazar’s sincerity, but I do doubt that Obama will back his position if it means having to stand up against a powerful Democrat Senator such as Kennedy on an issue that concerns his home state. (The Senate works in such a way that the fact that Kennedy can barely remain conscious because of his cancer medication doesn’t impact his power at all. His aides have been doing all his work for years anyway.) So watch and see if the Administration gradually starts to get cold feet on the Cape Wind project.