Statement of the Conservation Law Foundation Upon Signing of the Country’s First Offshore Wind Lease

Brian Barth

Karen Wood, CLF: (617) 850-1722 or

BOSTON, MA October 6, 2010 – The Conservation Law Foundation (CLF) issued the following statement in response to today’s signing of the country’s first offshore wind lease by Interior Department Secretary Ken Salazar:

“This is a courageous step into America’s clean energy future,” said N. Jonathan Peress, director of CLF’s Clean Energy and Climate Change program. “We need a wide range of renewable energy resources to stabilize our climate and build a thriving economy – and large scale and appropriately sited offshore wind is an essential tool in that toolbox. Secretary Salazar’s signing of the Cape Wind lease is a significant and historic act, yet one that we hope will become routine.”

The Conservation Law Foundation ( works to solve the most significant environmental challenges facing New England. CLF’s advocates use law, economics, and science to create innovative strategies to conserve natural resources, protect public health, and promote vital communities in our region. Founded in 1966, CLF is a nonprofit, member-supported organization with offices in Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont.

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Wind Power