The Washington Times lead editorial today says about the Coast Guard Reauthorization bill with the Stevens-Young Cape Wind admendment,
"Given that the energy stakes are so high, both short-term and long-term, a presidential veto threat is clearly in order."
The editorial goes on to state
In the middle of another energy crisis and for reasons that have never been clear, Congress's two pork-barrel kings -- Sen. Ted Stevens and Rep. Don Young, both Republican appropriators from Alaska who inserted the notorious "Bridge to Nowhere" into last year's pork-laden highway bill -- did their very best in secretive committee negotiations to torpedo the Cape Wind project off the coast of Massachusetts.
If the regulatory and environmental-permitting processes are allowed to run their proper course, Cape Wind, which has been embraced by Greenpeace, the Sierra Club, the Natural Resources Defense Council, the Union of Concerned Scientists and the Ralph Nader-founded U.S. Public Interest Research Group, would almost certainly become America's first offshore clean-energy-generating wind farm. Operating in the federal waters of Nantucket Sound, Cape Wind's 130 wind turbines could generate enough electricity to supply three-fourths of the needs of Cape Cod and the islands of Martha's Vineyard and Nantucket. But not if Messrs. Stevens and Young, who have been doing the legislative dirty work for Ted Kennedy and Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, get their way. However, if Congress is even remotely serious about reforming earmarks, the recent legislative subterfuge conducted by Messrs. Stevens and Young will not be permitted to stand...
Read the rest of the editorial here.