Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Victor Flatt Contrasts Deepwater Horizon and Cape Wind

Victor Flatt recently wrote an editorial for the Houston Chronicle entitled "Did a single week reverse energy fortunes forever?" in which he contrasts the fallout from the Deepwater Horizon explosion and the approval of Cape Wind.

The confluence of both these events also illustrates a move in the direction of the public good over the private good. Despite claims to the contrary, it is rarely the general public that is clamoring for more offshore oil drilling. While many people might like to have lower gasoline prices and reduced dependence on foreign oil, when the public actually sees the trade-offs in price, few make offshore drilling a priority. The political push for offshore drilling comes from the companies themselves, which realize profit through the recovery and processing of this product. Cape Wind also hopes to realize a profit, but it also has significant support from a public that wants to see viable greenhouse-gas-free energy become the norm. The public's clamor was enough to overcome even the most politically well-connected private opposition to Cape Wind, and this signals the breaking of a logjam. More and more approvals will be forthcoming, and this will transform the energy landscape.

Jamie Baker Roskie

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Comments

Scooped by Jamie on my own local paper! But it's only fair, since I posted a story from the Athens Banner Herald a while back.

Posted by: Matt Festa | May 11, 2010 11:59:53 AM

Truth be told, Matt, I found out about it through the environmental law professors listserv...

Posted by: Jamie Baker Roskie | May 12, 2010 3:17:59 PM