Cape Wind outlook better after Bush administration voices support
The controversial Cape Wind project planned for Nantucket Sound has found new allies in a strange place: the Bush administration. On Thursday, Undersecretary of Energy David Garman sent a letter urging Congress to drop a measure that would allow the Massachusetts governor (currently Mitt Romney, a Cape Wind opponent) to block the wind farm. Garman points out that New England is struggling to meet energy demands and says the measure would “inhibit the development of this clean, domestic, renewable energy resource.” A bipartisan group of Congressfolk has also announced that they will try to kill the amendment, attached to a Coast Guard spending bill. “It sets a terrible precedent,” said Senate Energy Committee Chair Pete Domenici (R-N.M.). Sen. Ted Kennedy (D-Mass.) vowed to continue fighting for the measure, saying that Cape Wind is a sweetheart deal for the developer — and a really bad deal for the view from his family’s estate.