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I think when the environmentalist write their history books, President Obama's pick for Secretary of the Interior, Ken Salazar, will be written as the greenest Secretary of Interior the nation has ever had.  (Wonder if its his Colorado roots? :D

Before we get into the wonderful news.  Let me first explain what the Department of the Interior, an under-appreciated federal agency, is responsible for.

The Department of the Interior was establish by Congress in 1849 as the community organizers, so to speak, of the Nation.  

Most people would think of the Interior as bring responsible for just our natural resources, however, according to their website

The Interior Department had a wide range of responsibilities entrusted to it: the construction of the national capital's water system, the colonization of freed slaves in Haiti, exploration of western wilderness, oversight of the District of Columbia jail, regulation of territorial governments, management of hospitals and universities, management of public parks,and the basic responsibilities for Indians, public lands, patents, and pensions.

Now on the fantastic news!

We Goin' Green bitches Baby!!!

wind

Secretary Salazar has approved the long sought wind farm project in Massachusetts (Yes, Massachusetts voters, a Democrat did that.  Try to remember that in 2012.  Sheesh!)

The United States is leading a clean energy revolution that is reshaping our future. Cape Wind is an opening of a new chapter in that future, and we are all part of that history.  Cape Wind will be the nation's first offshore wind farm, supplying clean power to homes and businesses in Massachusetts, plus creating good jobs here in America. This will be the first of many projects up and down the Atlantic coast.

Governor Deval Patrick couldn't be more elated that after a nine year battle, this is coming to fruition on his watch.

America needs offshore wind power and with this project, Massachusetts will lead the nation.
(emphasis are the Diarist)

This is a HUGE step for the Obama administration, and a giant leap for America's future!

Imagine the day when the words "offshore drilling" will be replaced with "offshore winding" (or something like that :D).

Senator Kerry Says:

I believe the future of wind power in the Massachusetts and the United States will be stronger knowing that the process was exhaustive, and that it was allowed to work and wind its way through the vetting at all levels with public input. This is jobs and clean energy for Massachusetts.

An excerpt from an article in The Boston Globe:

With the federal government's approval yesterday of the Cape Wind project in Nantucket Sound, Massachusetts stands at the nexus of the nation's growing offshore wind power industry, state and business officials said. And that means jobs: engineering jobs, construction jobs, technical service jobs and more.

"It spans the spectrum from blue collar to white collar. It's boatmen taking boats out there; it's blue collar workers turning the wrenches," said Roger Freeman, coordinator of the energy and environment working group at the advocacy group Progressive Business Leaders Network, which has supported Cape Wind.

...

"It means that all of the equipment, the material, for wind turbines will flow through the state, and certainly the opportunity for suppliers within the state to get involved," explained Nick d'Arbeloff, founding president and co-chair of the New England Clean Energy Council.

At Local 103 of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, business manager Michael Monahan said Cape Wind is "going to put our members to work."

No word from the naked guy in a pick up truck Senator Scott Brown.

According to The Green Blog this one offshore wind farm will create

1,000 construction jobs and produce energy equivalent to that of a medium-sized coal-fired power plant [and] would reduce carbon emissions by the equivalent of 175,000 cars.

One of the delays in Salazar's decision was due to a real concern by two Native American tribes that the turbines would disturb their "spiritual sun greetings" artifacts and burials that are at the ocean's floor.  

Salazar evidently order some modifications to the original plans, and today we have another historical moment in America!

Or as The Atlantic put it:

Today's announcement signals which side of the debate the Obama administration finds most important, with an aggressive push on renewable energy trumping all else.

Originally posted to HRCDemographic4Obama on Wed Apr 28, 2010 at 05:57 PM PDT.

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  •  Tip Jar (4+ / 0-)
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    askew, koNko, asterkitty, KVoimakas

    "We've paid our government loan. In full. With Interest. Five years ahead of the original schedule." General Motors (My President is a genius!)

    by HRCDemographic4Obama on Wed Apr 28, 2010 at 05:57:03 PM PDT

  •  Congradulations (0+ / 0-)

    Prime the pump, the Great Green Wind Race is on.

    Wed April 21 07:49 - a moment of silence for Qinghai Earthquake Victims

    by koNko on Wed Apr 28, 2010 at 06:52:08 PM PDT

  •  And the good news is that a Wind Farm will (0+ / 0-)

    never create a nasty environmental disaster and destroy the coastline with it's byproducts.  

    "When fascism comes to America, it'll be wrapped in a flag and carrying a cross." Sinclair Lewis

    by lakehillsliberal on Wed Apr 28, 2010 at 08:05:53 PM PDT

  •  I think the windmills are beautiful. (0+ / 0-)

    They are like giant pinwheels. I know some people think they are eyesores, but those folks have no imagination. When I saw my first wind farm near the Tehachapi pass in California - I thought it was one of the most magical things I had even seen.

    Good, clean energy. Yay for Massachusetts!

  •  While I strongly favor the Cape Wind ... (1+ / 0-)
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    willyr

    ...project and well-sited wind farms and other renewable operations in general, I think it's just a tad early to be calling Salazar the greenest Secretary of the Interior ever. Greener than Bruce Babbitt? Greener than Cecil Andrus? Greener than Stewart Udall?

    I refuse to accept "no can do" as a proper slogan for progressives.

    by Meteor Blades on Wed Apr 28, 2010 at 08:27:14 PM PDT

  •  Good news (0+ / 0-)

    The Kennedys were/are on the wrong side on this one, unfortunately.

    "I was actually born on Krypton and sent here by my father Jor-El to save the Planet Earth."

    by lesliet on Wed Apr 28, 2010 at 08:49:20 PM PDT

  •  Tipped and rec'ed. (0+ / 0-)

    Awesome last option on the poll. Only one who voted for it though... :-(

    We need another Huey P. Long and federal funding for abortion. -9.00, -4.05

    by KVoimakas on Wed Apr 28, 2010 at 11:09:32 PM PDT

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