Less `Wind,' More Windmills

courantHartford Courant Editorial, May 21 2006

Meet "Republican from Alaska who never met an oil deposit he's not willing to pump for vote"

Politically, economically and environmentally, the winds couldn't be more favorable for a proposed 130-turbine wind farm off Cape Cod, which makes a Senate provision blocking the project all the more galling... Enter Sen. Ted Stevens, a Republican from Alaska who has apparently never met an oil deposit he's not willing to pump for votes (including one in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge)... sneaked in a provision giving Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, an avowed opponent of the wind farm, sweeping authority to kill the project.

Mr. Stevens crafted the provision with the blessings of Democratic Sen. Edward M. Kennedy of Massachusetts, another opponent of the project who calls it "a sweetheart deal for a developer"...

With growing public concern about high gasoline prices, global warming and over-dependence on foreign oil, the Cape Wind project stands as a potential beacon for the nation's commitment to developing clean, inexpensive, renewable and domestic sources of energy. Congress ought to support this project; instead, Mr. Stevens' provision sends the wrong signal.

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