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As Gulf Cleanup Continues, Wind Power Looks, Well, Pretty Good

After months and months of deliberations, Interior Secretary Ken Salazar finally gave the federal go-ahead for Massachusetts developer Jim Gordon and his offshore windfarm project Cape Wind late last month. While a huge boon for wind-power advocates, the project still faces a series of challenging hurdles – not the least of which is clearing from the FAA, which still must  determine whether the 130-turbine wind farm will interfere with air traffic control operations. Still, as a massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico continues to wreck havoc on the fragile environment and economy of that region, it seems like Salazar’s decision could not be better timed.

As a massive offshore oil drilling spill threatens the Gulf coast, the federal approval of the offshore wind farm project Cape Wind could not have been better timed.

As I’ve written previously, a couple friends of mine recently wrapped production on a years-long documentary of the fierce battle between Gordon’s supporters and detractors – the result, Cape Wind: The Fight for the Future of Power in America premieres soon and should be an exceptional inside look at a battle that has had national implications for America’s energy future. In light of Salazar’s exciting decision, and the incongruity of the implications of wind power and the drilling tragedy in the Gulf, I am sharing a headline from the Huffington Post I came across recently: “BREAKING: LARGE AIR SPILL AT WIND FARM. NO THREATS REPORTED. SOME CLAIM TO ENJOY THE BREEZE. ”


NRDC’s Beinecke: “There Is No Clean Coal”
February 4, 2010, 11:51 pm
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Interesting bit of opinion in the HuffPo yesterday from the president of the Natural Resources Defense Council, Frances Beinecke.

First things first, Beinecke writes, “there is no clean coal.” Her organization has long fought against the “filthy practice,” she goes on to say. Yet even she acknowledges what seems unavoidable in Obama’s energy agenda.

“The reality is that coal is relatively cheap and abundant, and it generates on average half of all our electricity. Coal will continue to be a part of our energy portfolio for awhile,” Beinecke writes.

The “clean coal” debate is not new, but I believe it will get significantly louder now that the president has thrown himself on coal’s side. He hasn’t completely lost people like Beinecke however; she commends the president for his efforts to lash job creation and energy initiatives in one comprehensive bill. Jobs – all 2 million of them – may be all that’s necessary to sweeten clean coal for the otherwise skeptical.