When it comes to hamstringing an offshore wind farm, Trump’s Interior suddenly cares about environmental reviews

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The proposed Vineyard Wind project, a massive 84-turbine wind farm to be built off the coast of Massachusetts, would generate enough electricity to power more than 400,000 homes. But the Trump administration is now slowing it down. The U.S. Department of the Interior's Bureau of Ocean Energy Management announced it would be extending the project’s environmental review, which already includes the standard cumulative impact analysis, in order to “dot their i’s and cross their t’s”—a practice they don’t seem to apply to far riskier oil drilling projects. The agency is requesting the extension alarmingly late in the game, which puts the company at risk of losing its tax credits and the country further behind its emissions reductions goals. To have any shot of keeping global warming to 2 degrees Celsius, scientists have made clear that we have to ramp up clean energy production as quickly as possible. The Trump administration’s oil-hungry double standards are holding us back. 

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