Bureaucracy slows renewable energy movement
What shock will America need to get serious about renewable energy?
The Providence Journal ran an prescient Op Ed piece today about the questionable and worrisome delays in the US Interior Department's examination of the Nantucket Sound wind farm.
The Federal Energy Policy Act of 2005 gives the Minerals Management Service (MMS), a federal agency which is a part of the Unites States Department of the Interior, oversight for the construction of offshore energy projects in federal, as opposed to state, waters.
The responsibility was previously held by the United States Army Corps of Engineers which filed an exhaustive Environmental Impact Study three years ago before that agency's responsibility over offshore wind farms was taken away.
Many informed sources tell capecodtoday that they believe the change was made after pressure by Massachusetts US Senator Ted Kennedy and Virginia US Senator John Warner forced it in their Senate Committees.
Both senators have opposed the project and have homes which overlook Nantucket Sound.
Makes your head spin, doesn’t it? Don’t you wonder why anyone would ever try to build anything unusual or imaginative in 21st Century America? Cape Wind has blown almost $30 million trying to get this project through the pipeline. How many entrepreneurs are willing to take such a risk?As reported in The Journal today the same energy same act included language which instructed the MMS to move forward with all possible speed in permitting the technology. Congress went so far as to instruct the agency to publish a “rule” to define the parameters by which offshore wind projects would operate. The federal agency was to publish that rule within 270 days.
The Journal article went on to state, "It hasn’t happened yet — and an awful lot of people are growing more and more frustrated with each passing day... Don’t you wonder why anyone would ever try to build anything unusual or imaginative in 21st Century America? Cape Wind has blown almost $30 million trying to get this project through the pipeline. How many entrepreneurs are willing to take such a risk?"
Nibbled to death by ducks
Today's Journal opinion became fact today because the MMS has apparently decided to delay their promised preliminary Environmental Study... yet again.
If "justice delayed is justice denied", then that injustice applies to federal permission to begin America's offshore renewable energy system.
It is becoming apparent to many observers that the strategy being employed this time by Cape Wind's opponents is to simply delay the promised documents until Jim Gordon either runs out of money of dies of old age.
"Sic transit gloria MMS."