A Boost for Clean Energy, but What's the Ultimate Cost?
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After nine years of divisive argument, the Obama Administration has approved America’s first off-shore wind farm in the waters off Cape Cod. Supporters hail a new, green industry. Opponents say the cost is destruction of a national treasure: Nantucket Sound. Also, the US Coast Guard tries to burn the oil spill nearing land, and a commemorative cross stands on federal land in California's Mojave Desert. Is it a government endorsement of religion? We hear about the US Supreme Court's first church-and-state decision since John Roberts became Chief Justice.
Banner image: Image of cable laying vessel from Delaware Offshore Wind Park project overview
US Coast Guard Tries to Burn Oil Spill Nearing Land ()
The massive oil slick in the Gulf of Mexico is now 600 miles in circumference and growing fast. It's a consequence of last week's blowout and fire on the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig. The latest plan to keep it from washing ashore is…burning it off. Brett Clanton reports for the Houston Chronicle.
- Brett Clanton: Energy Reporter, Houston Chronicle
Windmills off the Coast of Cape Cod? ()
The Obama Interior Department has approved America's first offshore wind-energy project, in shallow waters six miles from Cape Cod and 10 miles from Martha's Vineyard. Interior Secretary Ken Salazar made the announcement today in Boston. Cape Wind now has the federal go-ahead to build 130 wind turbines 440 feet tall. For the past nine years such projects have become common in Europe, while the project in Massachusetts has been subject to high-powered opposition and heated debate. What are the economic trade-offs? What are the consequences for fishing, tourism, historic preservation and tribal rights for Native Americans? Is this the birth of a new, alternative-energy industry? What will it mean for the Great Lakes and other parts of the Atlantic seaboard?
- Sean Corcoran: Senior Cape Cod Reporter, WCAI
- Beth Daley: Environment Reporter, Boston Globe, @GlobeBethDaley
- Cliff Carroll: Founder, WindStop.org
- Tom Vinson: Director of Federal Regulatory Affairs, American Wind Energy Association
- Nathanael Greene: Director of Renewable Energy Policy, Natural Resources Defense Council
- Sam Jaffe: Renewable Energy Analyst, IDC Energy Insights
Supreme Court Says Mojave Cross Can Stand ()
Since 1934, a cross honoring World War I soldiers has stood on federally owned land in California's Mojave Desert. For years it's been tied up in litigation over the issue of separating church and state. A federal court ruled that the National Park Service should remove the cross because it amounted to a government endorsement of religion. Today the US Supreme Court, in a 5-to-4 split decision, said that's going too far. David Savage covers the court for the Los Angeles Times.
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