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Markey on Cape Wind: America's Energy Future Blowing in the Wind

Historic Approval of Cape Wind Project Means America’s Energy Future Will Ride Winds of Change

Rep. Ed Markey (D-Mass.) today hailed the Obama administration’s Department of Interior for approving the Cape Wind clean energy project. Now that this historic decision has been reached, offshore wind can begin to flourish up and down both coasts as a safer, cleaner way to power America.

Rep. Markey had sent multiple letters to Interior Secretary Ken Salazar over the last six months asking him to come to a final decision on the project, following a lengthy and robust environmental review.

Those letters can be found here and here.

Below is the statement of Rep. Markey, chair of the Select Committee on Energy Independence and Global Warming:

“With this historic decision, the answer to America’s energy future is blowing in the wind.

“The same winds that delivered the Mayflower to Massachusetts and created the Perfect Storm will now deliver a clean energy future to Massachusetts and create new jobs.

“America’s energy future can now ride the winds of change out of our dirty energy doldrums.

“I commend Secretary Salazar’s wisdom and his commitment to the environmental review process.

“On the same day that a massive oil slick is growing in the Gulf of Mexico, threatening the coastline, the Obama administration’s Cape Wind decision shows that our country has a choice in how we capture the energy found in our oceans.

“The Obama administration is moving forward with a comprehensive offshore energy plan that will enable America to finally move beyond oil and look to the winds, the waves, the tides, and the sun to create an American-led clean energy future.”

PLEASE NOTE: The House Select Committee on Energy Independence and Global Warming was created to explore American clean energy solutions that end our reliance on foreign oil and reduce carbon pollution.

The Select Committee was active during the 110th and 111th Congresses. This is an archived version of the website, to ensure that the public has ongoing access to the Select Committee record. This website, including external links, will not be updated after Jan. 3rd, 2010.

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