April 28th, 2010
10:38 AM ET
12 years ago

Obama admin. approves controversial Cape Cod wind farm

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2010/images/04/28/art.salazar.0417.gi.jpg caption=" Interior Secretary Ken Salazar will announce his approval for a massive wind turbine project off the coast of Cape Cod on Wednesday."](CNN) - Interior Secretary Ken Salazar will announce his approval for a massive wind turbine project off the coast of Cape Cod on Wednesday, three administration sources tell CNN.

The project has been the subject of resistance for years from some local organizations concerned it will threaten the wildlife and aesthetics of Nantucket Sound. Some local residents and environmental groups also fear it will decrease property values and significantly disrupt the habitats of several local animal species.

The late Sen. Edward Kennedy M. Kennedy opposed the project.

Supporters of the project say the wind farm will significantly reduce oil consumption with clean energy and provide a substantial supply of electricity to New England.

The massive project is to be built by a private developer, Cape Wind Associates. It is expected to cost over $800 million, according to the Cape Cod Times.

–CNN's Alexander Mooney contributed to this report

Filed under: Ken Salazar
soundoff (12 Responses)
  1. JK Ashburn, VA

    Excellent decision. It's time that NIMBY politics be set aside if we're really going to solve our problems of energy dependency.

    Now, let's see how the Greeks handle their financial collapse because it's a warm-up act for the US when our citizens are finally told (certainly not by this administration) that you can't keep borrowing from our grandchildren to cover your Viagra, and all of your other expectations of "free" stuff, today.

    April 28, 2010 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  2. get real

    Not drill baby drill, but spill baby spill...when was the last time a wind farm or solar panel exploded and created a mess you could see from space?!?!

    April 28, 2010 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  3. Steph

    I find it interesting that the blue states are investing in wind and solar energy while the red states are enjoying their "clean" coal and their oil rigs. How's that drill baby drill workin' for ya?

    April 28, 2010 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  4. Anonymous

    if anyone know about wind, it is the Obozo regime

    April 28, 2010 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  5. like the "awful tower" in Paris

    how can it be thought of as anything but an eyesore

    so is that tower in Paris, it is tolerated but we should not have given them that

    the statue of liberty was a way better gift

    Canada will be up in arms

    April 28, 2010 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  6. Henry Miller, Libertarian

    If that idiot Ted Kennedy opposed it, it must be a good idea!

    Which it is anyway–and for those who don't like it, you're free to remove the electrical service to your house, go back to candle-light, cooking at a hearth, and heating your bathwater by the bucketful on your coal- or wood-fired cast-iron stove. If enough of you do that, maybe they won't need the windmills.

    April 28, 2010 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  7. Hugo

    Hmmmmm, I read somewhere recently that if you covered the entire United States with solar panels where functional and erected windmill power generators over the entire areas that provide functional wind, you would obtain approximately 15% of the United States power supply needs... Meanwhile our Natural gas resources go left unchecked that can supply our domestic needs for 100 years, I wonder where that $800 million will come from and how much is to be funded with tax dollars, let's watch Obama's campaign contribution chest grow, I bet that developer now has a check in the chest!

    April 28, 2010 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  8. Maureen from Massachusetts

    This is a sad day for all of us New Englanders who Treasure Cape Cod and the islands. We all work so hard to preserve our shore line and protect the wild life there. It is a beautiful place to bring the children and watch seals play in the harbor and just enjoy the natural beauty of Cape Cod. Perhaps the next wind farm should be built in Obama's back yard or Govenor Patricks yard. There are other places to put this without destroying Nantucket sound. I am sure this will also go way over budget as with every other large "government sponsored" project. It will cost much more than we'll save and we'll be losing one of our precious resources....the beauty of Nantucket sound.
    It is very sad........

    April 28, 2010 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  9. Terry From West Texas

    If you eat meat, don't scorn the butcher. If you use electricity, don't complain about the generators. We have big windmill farms in the southwest too. They are kind of pretty.

    April 28, 2010 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  10. Marry

    ...they would rather drill? Then again, for generations this perfect view into a world as one likes it should not be tampered with. Better others carry the burden.

    April 28, 2010 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  11. Monrob

    Good! A positive step for Mama Earth!

    April 28, 2010 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  12. David

    While I would prefer to see these wind farms on land vs. in the water, we need to start taking energy independence seriously in the US. This is a good start.

    BTW, if a wind mill tips over in the water, it doesn't leak tens of thousands of gallons of oil per day into the water. How many tax dollars is the coast guard using to clean up the mess in the Gulf of Mexico? How's that drill baby drill thingy working out for ya? You betcha. Also.

    April 28, 2010 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |