"Pressure Is Building on Disputed Wind Farm"

"BOSTON -- Political pressure continues to build on Interior Secretary Ken Salazar  as he prepares to announce his decision this week on the fate of a proposed wind farm off the coast of Cape Cod, Mass., that has been stalled for nine years.

The governors of six East Coast states called on Mr. Salazar last week to approve the project, which is proposed by Cape Wind Associates and would be the nation’s first offshore wind farm. Turning it down, they said, especially on the grounds that it would harm the view from historic sites, 'would establish a precedent that would make it difficult, if not impossible, to site offshore wind projects anywhere along the Eastern Seaboard.'

Their states -- Delaware, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York and Rhode Island -- all have offshore wind projects in the works. Four of the governors are Democrats and two, in New Jersey and Rhode Island, are Republicans, showing that views of Cape Wind do not break down along political lines."

Katharine Q. Seelye reports for the New York Times April 25, 2010.

Monday, April 26, 2010