Monday, March 1, 2010

Money can't buy those Indians, Cape Wind rejected again

Cape Wind developer Jim Gordon has offered two Native American tribes millions to halt their opposition as the clock runs down on the review period for the controversial wind power project slated for Nantucket Sound.

Sources told the Herald that Gordon, through a middleman, offered to pay the two tribes a total of $50,000 a year for 20 years if they would support the project.

Cape Wind spokesman Mark Rodgers said the offer represented “financial mitigation.”

Cedric Cromwell, chairman of the Mashpee Wampanoags, which is one of the two tribes involved, said the offer was rejected “out of hand.”

“This issue has never been about money for us,” Cromwell said.

For nine years, Gordon has fought for approval of his estimated $2.6 billion, 130-turbine project, proposed for a 25-mile stretch of federal waters, located between Cape Cod, Nantucket and Martha’s Vineyard.

Supporters say the project, which would be the nation’s first offshore wind power generator, will serve as an important symbol of the switch to clean energy.

Critics contend that the private, for-profit project will wreak havoc on the environment, disrupting fishing, transportation and tourism.

The Aquinnah and Mashpee Wampanoag tribes say the project will interfere with the long-held religious practice of greeting the morning sun, and could harm ancient tribal burial grounds. Horseshoe Shoals, where the project would go, was dry land thousands of years ago.

The battle could end soon because U.S. Interior Secretary Kenneth Salazar has said that if the warring factions can’t reach a compromise by Monday, he’ll decide the project’s fate by April 1.


At March 2, 2010 at 1:25 PM , Blogger Arnold said...

Good for the Indians, but I am betting you don’t agree with that thought Jim as a supporter of this project. I would like to see it happen also, but nice to see there is someone in America who can not be bought off, unlike that state cop you wrote about who was bought for $50.

At March 2, 2010 at 4:16 PM , Blogger JJ said...

I just do not get how a few people have the right to stop a project that could help lower the cost of electricity for thousands and thousands of people. Can someone explain that to me?

At March 2, 2010 at 6:05 PM , Blogger Jim Pillsbury said...

If Cape Wind wants to pay mitigation fee's .. more power to them. Anyone who builds anything, anywhere in this State, pays money. Money going to the Indians is better than politicians.

Look for Salazar to make the right call for Cape Wind in April.

It was Kennedy for the last 9 years that stopped it and we all know how powerfull he was.

At March 5, 2010 at 3:35 PM , Blogger Eric said...

You have been pretty quiet here this week Jim. Hope all is well with you.


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