Biden caught granting special favor for wind project

Biden caught granting special favor for wind project

  • November 29, 2023

Bob Unruh, WND

Joe Biden’s administration waived a key – and required – environmental payment to smooth the path of an offshore wind project in the Atlantic off the coast of Massachusetts, according to a report from Fox News.

And it happened just as a lawyer who had represented the corporation working on the energy deal was being hired by the Department of the Interior, which is supervising the work

“If you want to talk about bad optics, I don’t see how they could be any worse than right here,” Michael Chamberlain, head of Protect the Public’s Trust, which documented the scheme, told Fox.

“For an administration touting itself as the most ethical in history, this represents yet another incident in which Secretary Haaland’s Interior appears to have a tough time living up to that standard.”

Even though, “Federal statute mandates that developers pay that fee prior to construction on their lease, a potentially hefty fee designed to guarantee federal property is returned to its original state after a lessee departs its lease,” the report said.

“At the same time the Department of the Interior was looking at forcing greater and more expensive bonding requirements on holders of long-standing oil and gas leases, they were relaxing these requirements on the nation’s first utility-scale offshore wind energy producer, one that just coincidentally happened to be a client of their incoming #2,” Chamberlain told Fox News Digital.

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