Wind farm advocates perplexed
Stevens, Young are fighting a Massachusetts project.
That's the headline today in a lead story in the Anchorage Daily News. The newspaper lead is "First it was Alaska Congressman Don Young who was blocking a giant wind farm off of Massachusetts. Now it's an amendment by Alaska's senior senator, Ted Stevens, that is standing in the way of the nation's first off-shore wind project."
Then after recapping the series of events which made Alaska the project's nemeses, the story names Massachusetts Senator Ted Kennedy as the eminence grise in an unusual alliance with the two men most associated in Alaska with oil and conservative Republican politics in the northwest;
This very thorough story about the backroom maneuvers to stop Cape Wind is also available here.
Speculation about why the two Alaska Republicans even care about a Cape Cod project runs rampant among fans of the wind farm idea.
Stevens has said he added veto power for the governor because Kennedy, D-Mass., asked him to and because he believes states should determine what happens off their shores.
"Senator Stevens was approached by Senator Kennedy and, on the merits of his argument, agreed," said Stevens spokesman Aaron Saunders.
But Stevens and Kennedy aren't usually allies, wind advocates note. Kennedy, one of the nation's most prominent Democrats, passionately opposes drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, which Stevens has been working to open for more than 25 years. Suggesting a senator might cooperate with Kennedy, as television ads did in Alaska's most recent Senate race, amounts to negative campaigning in Alaska.