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Monday, October 04, 2004

Kerry Takes No Position on Offshore Cape Wind Project

Kerry is waiting to pass judgment on the proposed Cape Wind Project until he reviews the Corps' EIS, as reported in this article, Kerry Yet To Take A Position on Giant Wind-Power Project , Hal Bernton, Seattle Times (9/30/04). According to the article, Kerry does support renewable energy but for whatever reason, hasn't yet taken a stand on Cape Wind:

"I believe we can — and should — produce 20 percent of our electricity from renewable sources by 2020," Kerry said in a June 2003 speech on energy delivered in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. "Twenty by 2020 — now that's a clear vision for America."
But Kerry's vision is not yet clear on whether he supports the largest wind-power project ever proposed in the United States. The project would erect 130 turbine-topped towers in the middle of blustery Nantucket Sound, a site touted by the developer as the best wind-power site in New England.

So far, Kerry has balked at endorsing the project, saying he is waiting to review an Army Corps of Engineers draft report expected to be released later this fall.

"I believe that wind energy can, and should play an important role in supplying a portion of our future energy needs," Kerry said in a written response to The Seattle Times. "The Cape Wind project is the first of its kind in the nation. And like ... major environmental groups, I will wait until the Environmental Impact Study is complete before making a final decision on the project."


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