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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.

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2 Responses to “Interior Secretary Salazar gets it right on wind energy”

  1. That was a great post 🙂
    I can understand the whole not in my backyard feeling but its really not so bad, theres a wind turbine farm close by and its not like its noisy or anything, it can actually be quite picturesqe (sp?) at sunset.

  2. Tubby said

    Well I wouldn’t go as far as the first commenter — I’m not sure how “picturesque” wind farms end up being. “Neat”, maybe. However, I strongly agree with Salazar on this. I feel lke the NIMB folks are hypocrites: most of them are richer than everybody else since they own such high-valued real estate, which means they generally consume a lot more electricity than everybody else. The way I see it, they owe the Earth for taking more than their fair share of our resources. Not only that, but the wind farms only affect their immediate views, while the power grid across great swaths of New England will benefit from the wind farms. Dots on the horizon are a small price to pay for eternally renewable energy!

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