Help us educate our temporary, junior senator
Senator Paul Kirk, temporarily filling the seat held by the late Edward M. Kennedy, recently sent a letter to President Obama asking him to delay any decision on the Cape Wind project. He suggests that this is because of the ongoing Interagency Ocean Policy Task Force work related to developing a National Policy to manage and guide the development in our oceans, coastal waters and Great Lakes.
In the letter he uses language that we have heard re-iterated by the opponents time and time again that is rooted in mis-information. He says that the private developer obtained a "no bid" lease to develop the project. In the discussion on the Senate floor in August 2005, leading to the enactment of the Energy Policy Act it was voted to allow the current projects under review - the Cape Wind and LIPA projects - to continue being reviewed under the Savings Provision.
It was voted on by Congress to allow the two projects to continue moving through the regulatory channels and yes - not have to go through a bidding process.
Kirk also stated that "rushing to complete Interior's review of the Cape Wind proposal" would "establish two different set of rules for offshore renewable energy development." There is only one set of rules and Cape Wind has followed them and all the other offshore wind projects will have to follow them as well.
Please call Senator Kirk and tell him that Congress passed a law in August 2005 that he is calling on to change by the President and that 86% of MA residents support Cape Wind and so do you!
You can also send the Senator an email. Voice your support for clean, renewable energy and let the Senator know we support Cape Wind!
Thank you for taking action,
Barbara Hill, Executive Director, Clean Power Now.