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Indians Reject $2M Bribe For Wind Farm

From the Boston Herald:

Supporters and opponents of Cape Wind protest outside the U.S. Coastguard Station in Woodshole, Mass. on Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2010.

Tribes reject wind-fall

By Christine McConville  |   Saturday, February 27, 2010 

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.

Cape Wind developers recently hired Cape Cod law firm Wynn & Wynn to lobby for the project. Attorney Jeffrey Madison, a member of the Aquinnah Wampanoags, wrote a letter to Salazar calling claims that Nantucket Sound is culturally significant “a fabrication invented by a small number of tribal members who happen to be involved in tribal government and who happen to be opponents of Cape Wind.”

Sources told the Herald that Madison was the middleman who took Gordon’s monetary offer to both tribes. Both reportedly rejected the cash.

Yesterday, Madison did not respond to a request for comment.

Meanwhile, in nearby Vermont, the senate has voted to close down their one nuclear power plant:

Onlookers cheered when lawmakers voted to shut the Vermont Yankee reactor in 2012.

And they didn’t need to bribe anyone.

This article was posted by Steve on Sunday, February 28th, 2010. Comments are currently closed.

4 Responses to “Indians Reject $2M Bribe For Wind Farm”

  1. proreason says:

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

    A brain scrambler.

    Windmills are a libwit wet dream, but this one is private, for profit and will wreak the environment. Ol proreason’s processor is getting hardware checks. How can something so good be so bad at the same time? Plus the sainted original inhabitants of our little corner of the eco-sphere are opposing it. It’s a maze within a maze smoking a rope.

    Gotta have something bigger than super-computers to fathom this one.

    • JohnMG says:

      I’ll bet Algore could figure it out, pro.

    • BannedbytheTaliban says:

      Pro, you forgot the paltry payout to the natives:

      “the two tribes a total of $50,000 a year for 20 years ”

      To me it seems to be only one million. It would be two million if the offer were $50,000 a year for 20 years each. The offer was a total of $50,000 for 20 years for both, or $500,000 to each tribe, or 0.02% of the project. I think the natives may want to get Van Jones on this one.

    • Steve says:

      Banned, I wrestled with that. Either the article is wrong when it said that the tribes were offered millionS, or they are being sloppy with their grammar when they say “a total of…”

      I went with the latter presumption.

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