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-- -- -- -- -- On this show -- that announcement from interior secretary Ken Salazar after a decade.
Of legal wrangling the US has signed off on the nation's first offshore wind farm just -- miles.
Often massachusetts' beautiful Cape Cod -- can't plan resident -- Joins us now -- -- first on Fox Business interview mr.
Gordon thank you for being here you must up.
It's been nine years and change coming -- did you pop open some champagne yesterday mr.
We did in we're thrilled about.
Secretary of -- -- decision to launch the offshore wind industry in the United States.
We're now gonna have the ability to harness and abundant.
Inexhaustible clean energy resource.
For increased energy independence.
New green jobs and a healthier environment.
Does this and the fight -- -- in blood -- Governor Deval Patrick is behind this he's been a major supporter for you but.
-- former Senator Ted Kennedy from Massachusetts.
Was certainly against us when he was alive Senator Kerry senator brown.
I had not been so supportive are you nervous.
That you're gonna have.
More roads blocked ahead of you that are going to be open for you from your local senators.
No I'm not Carol and the reason is because over 86% of Massachusetts citizens according to independent public opinion polls.
Support Cape Wind being built.
The project enjoys the support of all of the leading environmental organizations.
Labor unions trade organizations and consumer advocates.
The federal and state approvals.
And the clear voice of the people in Massachusetts in the New England region.
Want this project built and I think it is gonna move forward.
-- what do you think wind energy will be self sustaining without government support.
Well first of all I think if you stripped away all the subsidies that coal oil and nuclear power.
We enjoy today.
And you put -- not a level playing field that would be today but that isn't the case all forms of energy.
Get some cities and for every.
Ten dollars that fossil and nuclear industry get renewable energy gets about a dollar.
-- the important thing is is that because congress on a bipartisan basis has determined that.
Deploying more region renewable energy is in the national interest they put these.
Incentives in place to encourage private capital to start building them.
Gordon and given the sensitivity -- alternative energy has.
To the energy complex how do you -- that would you -- what are your models look like.
In terms of that the pricing expectations that you -- wouldn't these operations come on line.
Well first of all you know we're gonna build this project.
Under a long term power purchase agreement so.
We will be able to provide.
Energy to the electricity buyer.
And that's because unlike volatile oil and natural gas and coal costs.
The wind cost is free.
How many jobs and how much for the project costs.
The project is gonna create.
Anywhere from 600 to a thousand jobs during the construction period and during the operations and maintenance phase it will be about a 150 jobs between direct and indirect jobs.
-- and just -- quick are are you concerned at all about the costs you're gonna have to paint is white.
Because of the aesthetics the mean that they cape cod community has been very strong and vocal and how they want these told look.
To have a lot of cost of the project obscure it.
No it doesn't end you know the important thing -- recognizes that beauty is in the eye of the be holder and the overwhelming majority of citizens on the Cape and Islands.
Are supporting Cape Wind because they they recognize that this project will contribute to enhancing.
And preserving the environment of the Cape and Islands which is susceptible to the because it's a low -- coastal community is so susceptible to the impacts of climate change the American Lung Association has documented.
That the Cape and Islands has the worst air quality in Massachusetts.
So this is a project that.
It's the right project at the right place in the right time Jim -- We certainly want an update here on Fox Business thank you for sticking with us first today.
Jim Moore the president of Cape -- think things are so much you know.
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