BIDEN ADMINISTRATION SCRUTINIZED FOR WAIVING TAXPAYER SAFEGUARDS FOR WIND ENERGY
- November 30, 2023
Stew Davidson, Washington Digest
The Biden administration is facing scrutiny for waiving a key taxpayer protection fee for a Massachusetts offshore wind project.
The controversy stems from the administration’s decision to waive a development fee for Vineyard Wind, an offshore wind project near Massachusetts.
This fee, designed to protect taxpayers, ensures that federal property is restored after a project ends. The waiver, granted by the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM), has raised questions about potential conflicts of interest and the administration’s commitment to ethical standards, as reported by FOX News.
Michael Chamberlain, Director of Protect the Public’s Trust (PPT), expressed concern over the timing and nature of this waiver.
He pointed out the potential conflict of interest given the involvement of Tommy Beaudreau, former deputy Interior secretary, with Vineyard Wind.