So, we learned this week that the so-called “Young Amendment”, named after Rep. Don Young (R-AK), that would allow a MA governor to kill Cape Wind, should actually be called the Kennedy-Stevens amendment:
The efforts to move the wind farm forward occur amid growing attention to Kennedy’s role in the secret, behind-the-scenes maneuvering to stop it. Republican Ted Stevens of Alaska, the senator who inserted the wind-farm provision into the Coast Guard bill, has acknowledged discussing the matter privately with the Massachusetts Democrat.
… Stevens said he ”conferred” with Kennedy about adding a provision to the bill that would allow the state to veto the Cape Cod project. He said Kennedy agreed with that idea, an account that Kennedy confirmed.
But the project’s supporters don’t like the manner in which the provision was included in the bill, an argument that appears to be catching on with some lawmakers. The final language was hashed out in secret by a small handful of lawmakers — a group that included Young and Stevens.
Sen. Kennedy is known and rightly lauded for his effectiveness as a legislator. But this is a devious way to address the issue: Out of the way, privately, and inserted into a bill that is tangentially related at best.
What can we say? As David said, “This is Congress at its absolute worst.” Senator, we’re disgusted.
If we’re serious about dealing with global warming, let’s deal with it. Now. Today. Here’s a project that’s ready to go. If one believes, as Chris Gabrieli does, that we should negotiate a good deal for the taxpayers, then do so. But you can’t be for energy independence and fighting pollution and global warming if you say, “Well, not today, not here, not now.” NASA’s James Hansen gives us ten years before the global warming tipping point is reached, with devastating consequences.
The clock is ticking, but Sen. Kennedy would have us stick with a “three yards and a cloud of smog” strategy.