Washington, DC – Below is a statement from Congressman Bill Keating on today’s Vineyard Wind announcement.
Washington, DC - Below is an updated statement from Congressman Bill Keating on today’s Vineyard Wind announcement.
“Vineyard Wind and the larger off-shore wind industry are anchors to a blue economy based in New Bedford and Southeastern Massachusetts. The effects of today’s announcement are the potential loss of over three thousand jobs in our region; the loss of the ability to heat 400,000 homes; and - in light of the decommissioning of Pilgrim Power Plant - twenty percent of our energy was anticipated to come from off-shore wind by 2035. All of this is in jeopardy now.
“I am extremely disappointed in the Trump Administration’s decision to delay construction on the Vineyard Wind project. This Administration has a terrible record of promoting fossil fuels at the expense of renewable energy; it is par for the course that they would seek to stymie the nation’s most important renewable energy project just as it was coming to fruition. Taking this action, at this late stage, is another example of this Administration’s hostility toward those seeking to combat climate change, as well as its overall rejection of basic environmental values. Sadly, I am hardly surprised, given the baseless personal vendetta President Trump has taken against wind farms throughout his career.
“There is consensus that we need to fully understand the consequences of offshore wind development, as they are incredibly important for our fishermen and our coastal communities. I supported our local communities throughout this process to ensure their many legitimate issues were brought to the fore. However, in this instance, I believe that the Trump Administration has not dealt fairly with Vineyard Wind. It has instead chosen to call into question the entire future of renewable energy in this country. The potential concerns that the Administration raised could have been addressed subsequent to the start of construction of Vineyard Wind. The company remains committed to moving this project forward, as do I.”