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US Senator John McCain has become the first Republican presidential candidate to endorse the Cape Wind project proposed for Nantucket Sound.
McCain was approached by this reporter after he spoke Friday evening at a town hall forum in Amherst, N.H. Asked if he supported the Cape Wind project, McCain said that “absolutely I’m for it,” describing himself as a “strong supporter.”
“Except for the fact that maybe it spoils somebody’s view,” McCain said, a clear allusion to Senator Edward Kennedy’s opposition to Cape Wind, “what in the world would you be opposed to it for?”
McCain becomes the second major presidential candidate to endorse Cape Wind, following on the heels of Democrat Bill Richardson, who expressed his support during a fundraiser in Boston last month.
McCain was instrumental last year in thwarting an effort by Kennedy, aided by Alaskan Senator Ted Stevens and Congressman Don Young (architects of the infamous “Bridge to Nowhere”) in their attempt to derail Cape Wind through backroom machinations in Congress.
McCain’s position on Cape Wind puts him at odds with fellow GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney, a former Bay State governor who opposes the wind farm.
Speaking Saturday afternoon at the “Global Warming and Energy Solutions” conference in Manchester, N.H., McCain described the energy policies he would pursue as president, as did Richardson when he addressed the conference on Friday.
At one point in his remarks, McCain said of alternative energy that “everyone loves wind, everyone loves solar, everyone loves tidal,” according to Barbara Hill, executive director of the pro-wind farm non-profit Clean Power Now.
When it came time for questions, Hill pointed out that “well-funded” efforts by the Alliance to Protect Nantucket Sound had sought for years to derail the project. But Cape Wind was also supported by many thousands of people, she said. Are you in favor of Cape Wind?
“I’m in support of that,” McCain responded, according to Hill, drawing robust applause from those at the conference. “I’m sorry if it spoils someone’s waterview.”
(This story was initially published at capecodtoday.com, where Jack Coleman is an editor, reporter and blogger; Coleman is also former media adviser to the pro-wind farm non-profit Clean Power Now)