Rep. Ed Markey, D-Mass., has urged Department of the Interior (DOI) Secretary Ken Salazar to complete a decision on the Cape Wind energy project before United Nations Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen, Denmark, which begins Dec. 7.
‘Approving the Cape Wind project as the nation's first commercial offshore wind project before the start of the U.N. conference would send a strong message to international negotiators about the United States' commitment to developing sources of clean energy and reducing global warming pollution,’ said Markey, chair of the Select Committee on Energy Independence and Global Warming and co-author of the Waxman-Markey climate and clean energy legislation, in the letter.
In January, the DOI's Minerals Management Service (MMS) – the lead agency in charge of offshore energy projects – released a favorable final environmental impact statement (EIS) for Cape Wind. The project was expected to be granted a lease 30 days after the final EIS was issued.
In addition, several representatives from environmental, clean energy and labor organizations sent a letter to Salazar and MMS Director Elizabeth Birnbaum, also urging quick approval of the project.
SOURCE: Office of Rep. Ed Markey