Yesterday's edition of the Washington Post and today's edition of the Washington Times carried these lead editorials which kindly gave credit to our online newspaper for alerting them. - The Editor
FOR YEARS NOW a story line in Massachusetts has featured the Kennedy family, enthusiastic environmentalists all, loudly opposing one of the most environmentally progressive schemes in the state's history: a large, offshore wind farm known as Cape Wind, to be placed in Nantucket Sound, the only viable site for such a farm off the New England coast. Although the farm would cleanly and quietly produce three-quarters of the total electrical demand for Cape Cod and nearby islands -- a region that could otherwise soon be facing serious power shortages -- and although it has passed through multiple regulatory hoops, both Robert F. Kennedy Jr. and his uncle, Sen. Edward M. Kennedy (D-Mass.), have denounced the project, in part on the grounds that it would spoil the views "from 16 historic sites and lighthouses on the cape and nearby islands" and presumably from their own summer house as well.
...Here's one possible explanation. According to capecodtoday.com, the Alliance to Protect Nantucket Sound, founded by Nantucket Island and Cape Cod homeowners and receiving 80 percent of its funding from just 30 people, has spent more than $1 million on Washington lobbyists, including some with ties to Mr. Young. One of the alliance's founders, William Koch -- owner of a Cape Cod summer home, as well as an oil and gas billionaire who might have other reasons to dislike wind farms -- has separately funneled money through his company's Washington lobbyists to another firm that has ties to Mr. Young... Read the rest of The Washington Post editorial here.
In a highly unusual concordance, The Conservative Republican Washington Times today agreed in their Editorial below with yesterday's Washinton Post Editorial condemning Congressman Don Young's attempt to stop the Cape Wind project - The Editor
In the interconnected world of energy and environmental policy, where difficult tradeoffs have always been the rule of the day, a win-win solution like the Cape Wind offshore windmill project doesn't come around very often. Embracing cutting-edge technology, Cape Wind epitomizes the long-term need to exploit renewable energy sources to alleviate America's dependence on fossil fuels. And it could do so in real time... Read the rest of The Washington Times