Fossil-fuel mogul William Koch & The Anti-Wind Farm Alliance ploys

Providence Journal suggests The Alliance may be avoiding lobby-spending limits

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strongly worded Editorial from the Providence Journal is being picked up around the country. It suggests that the reasons for the Alliance to Protect Nantucket Sound created a new non-profit shell to skirt the IRS regulations about lobbying.

The Editorial states, "For instance, although renewable energy is finally – with the rise in oil and natural-gas prices – getting substantial investment from business, it generally gets short shrift. Most infamously around here, of course, is that efforts to build a wind farm in Nantucket Sound have been stymied by a group of rich people led by William Koch – a fossil-fuel mogul. The wind farm would reduce the need to burn heavily polluting oil at a power plant on the Cape Cod Canal. Yet just last week (apparently to get around some possibly exceeded lobbying-spending limits), the anti-wind-farm Alliance to Protect Nantucket Sound announced a new spin-off group to fight the proposed project."

Read the entire article below; 

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Providence Journal editorial in the Fort Wayne Journal Gazette

The dangers of America’s overreliance on oil had another demonstration last week when the BP company announced that it was shutting down about 8 percent of U.S. domestic-oil production, owing to pipeline corrosion on Alaska’s North Slope. The corrosion was discovered after much oil had leaked into the tundra.

One lesson here is that oil companies might be irresponsibly deferring maintenance in pursuit of higher profits – jeopardizing the environment in which they place their pipelines. With such an emphasis on short-term profits these days, companies that perform essential public services must be watched more closely than might have been necessary 30 years ago.

There’s an irony here in that BP, more than any other big energy company, has highlighted “green” policies. Its advertising copy says “BP” is short for “Beyond Petroleum.”

But the more important point, of course, is the profound unreliability of oil as a source of energy. With infrastructure decay, with unstable and dangerous oil suppliers such as the Mideast, Nigeria and Venezuela, and with the vagaries of weather, our gluttonous consumption of oil (and other fossil fuels) is looking suicidal – without even mention of global warming ...

Many Americans still blithely buy the biggest cars they can find (on credit) and demand that summer temperatures in their homes and offices not exceed 68 degrees. That’s their right, but it is our leaders’ duty to take action beyond spouting energy-crisis rhetoric.

For instance, although renewable energy is finally – with the rise in oil and natural-gas prices – getting substantial investment from business, it generally gets short shrift. Most infamously around here, of course, is that efforts to build a wind farm in Nantucket Sound have been stymied by a group of rich people led by William Koch – a fossil-fuel mogul. The wind farm would reduce the need to burn heavily polluting oil at a power plant on the Cape Cod Canal. Yet just last week (apparently to get around some possibly exceeded lobbying-spending limits), the anti-wind-farm Alliance to Protect Nantucket Sound announced a new spin-off group to fight the proposed project.

Underscoring American fecklessness on energy policy is that one of the wealthy wind-farm opponents is Sen. Edward Kennedy. Then there’s Sen. John Kerry, who, in a display of the non-leadership and trimming that doomed his presidential campaign, still hasn’t stated his position on New England’s most important energy proposal.

In short, with the country dependent on oil for some time to come, the federal government must make the transition to renewable energy a priority. Business won’t do it without vigorous leadership from Washington.

The Bush administration still fails to tell Americans just how bad our dependence on oil is, even as the evidence comes faster and faster. Congress, Republican and Democratic members alike, is also complicit in this evasion of responsibility – as, for that matter, are the American people in general

This ran in the Fort Wayne Journal Gazette on August 15, 2006 here.

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