UPDATE: The Globe is now reporting that Salazar will approve Cape Wind.
As you have probably heard, US Interior Secretary Ken Salazar has made his decision on Cape Wind, and is coming to the State House to announce what it is. His decision, set to be announced at noon,
hasn’t leaked out yet, AFAIK, is reportedly “yes”, but and the fact that both Governor Patrick and Lt. Gov. Murray will be standing next to him suggests that it’s going to be a thumbs-up. Also, the fact that President Obama was just touring a plant that makes wind turbines strikes me as non-coincidental.
If it’s a go, it will be a HUGE win for Governor Patrick, who has been a steadfast supporter of Cape Wind ever since he ventured into public life in Massachusetts — long before he was Governor, or even the Democratic nominee for Governor. He stood against the state’s senior Senator, who was unalterably opposed, the junior Senator, who was unalterably unwilling to take a stand, the sitting Attorney General and (at the time) odds-on favorite to win the primary, and a whole bunch of other local heavyweights, to back the project. And now it looks like he’ll get it.
Out of curiosity, I tried to figure out where Charlie Baker stands on Cape Wind. Couldn’t for the life of me figure it out. There’s nothing I could find on his website, so no help there. Here are a couple of nuggets I picked up via the Google.
Baker, former CEO of Harvard Pilgrim Healthcare, tiptoed around the topic and refused to outright state whether he supported or opposed the Cape Wind project. He said a decision will already be finalized at the federal level before he enters office, if elected governor, therefore “the state doesn’t really matter at this point.”
Baker said Massachusetts residents pay the fourth-highest rates for electricity in the country, and he blasted Cape Wind for failing to say exactly how much ratepayers would save from the proposed wind energy project.
“The whole thing looks like a no-bid contract,” Baker said.
Uh, OK – so you’re against it? But wait – MA residents pay high electricity rates. So you’re for it? I’m still confused.