A Letter to Congress

Katrina today, Cape Cod tomorrow

s an editor and publisher on Cape Cod where the highest point of land is but 70 feet above sea level, I am deeply concerned about global warming and the immediate effect of insurance companies stopping home coverage for fear of the next hurricane season.

I am even more troubled about a provision in the Coast Guard Reauthorization Bill that would effectively kill the future of America’s first offshore wind farm, Cape Wind.

I strongly urge members of Congress to oppose the provision that gives veto power for any wind farm project in Nantucket Sound to the Massachusetts Governor, a highly political office with no qualifications in renewable energy.

My online newspaper has this month published documents proving that it was lobbying by Big Oil to kill our nation's first offshore renewable energy project which directly lead to the covert inserting of that amendment in the Cape Wind "kill-bill".

What a slap in the face to Senator Pete Domenici and the Senate Energy & Natural Resources Committee.

This veto provision is a blatant example of the Abramoff illegal lobbying scandal, the very kind of back door politics that Congress has been claiming it is against. The amendment had to be secretly added in a closed-door committee because it would never have passed in open committee debate.

This provision is a sneaky attempt to shutdown America's move toward a clean energy future.

I ask you to join with Washington Senator Maria Cantwell and New Hampshire Congressman Charles Bass to stop this travesty immediately.
I urge you to stand up and reject this egregious language in the Coast Guard Bill.  Our country needs more renewable energy and less special-interest politics.

Search my newspaper site CapeCodTODAY.com for the names "Senator Stevens",  "Don Young" and "Bill Koch" if you wish to see the proof of my assertions.

Walter Brooks, Editor & Publisher

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