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Gov't OKs 1st US offshore wind farm

BOSTON (AP) - A Massachusetts official is calling it "the shot heard around the world for clean energy." Environmental Affairs Secretary Ian Bowles is referring to the nation's first offshore wind farm, which will be located off Cape Cod in Nantucket Sound.

U.S. Interior Secretary Ken Salazar today announced his approval of the 130-turbine project. It could be generating power to Cape Cod by 2012.

Opponents, however, say Cape Wind will mar historic vistas and endanger wildlife and air and sea traffic. They're expected to challenge the project in court.

Democratic Congressman William Delahunt, who represents Cape Cod, says the project will cause setbacks for the wind power industry. He says Cape Wind is being "built in the wrong place, in the wrong way, stimulating the wrong economies."

 

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