A couple of wind-related items today … First, Terry Murray takes care of business and sets the table to zone our oceans. This will hopefully give us some regulatory clarity for wind farm development and fishing vs. preservation. Good stuff, and this will likely free up the pipeline for other important legislation, like the green energy bill.
And on the unclean energy side … this is really not any kind of surprise at all.
A new lobbying firm for the group opposing a wind farm off Cape Cod filed a federal document last month reporting that its work for the Alliance to Protect Nantucket Sound is partially funded and shaped by an international energy conglomerate.
The disclosure represents the first documented financial connection between the group opposing the wind farm and Oxbow Corp., which mines and markets energy and commodities, including coal, natural gas, and petroleum.
The Alliance to Protect Nantucket Sound immediately decried the filing as a mistake, and the lobbying firm later amended it in the US Senate Office of Public Records to eliminate the reference to Oxbow.
Oxbow's founder, Osterville yachtsman William I. Koch, has been a cochairman of the alliance since 2005, a year that saw a flurry of congressional attempts to kill the wind farm. While Oxbow maintains that its lobbyists monitor Cape Wind because of the corporation's interest in energy and shipping, Cape Wind proponents assert that Oxbow's lobbyists have been doing far more to fight the wind farm.
Ah yes, a mistake. Of course, whether Koch hmself or Oxbow gave the money and effort is a distinction without a difference, but whatever.
Wind or oil. The oil folks understand that's what's at stake.
Update: From the comments, stomv posts this very cool map of megawatt wind generation capacity by state. This should prove a motivating irritant to everyone who thinks we ought to be in front of the pack on wind.