May I be the first to say that this is ridiculous? A man who is the Governor of this Commonwealth in name only should not be given the additional power to destroy progress on his way out the door. He should not be given a politically expedient power by his friends in Washington when he will be going stumping around the country for the remainder of his term instead of dealing with pesky Bay State issues.
Governor Mitt Romney, an opponent of the wind farm proposed for Nantucket Sound, would gain the authority to kill the controversial project under a tentative agreement reached yesterday in the US Senate.
After days of closed-door talks, members of Congress agreed on a measure that would grant the governor or his successor the right to block the wind farm proposed by Cape Wind Associates, Senate aides said. The break came yesterday when US Senator Gordon H. Smith, an Oregon Republican, switched sides and backed the measure giving the governor the authority to block the project, environmental advocates and Senate aides said.
The Cape Wind project is too important to be decided like this. Obviously, you all know I'm fairly supportive of the project, but I also know that a man abandoning the state for greener pastures shouldn't be given the power to make such a paramount political decision. More importantly, should any one person be given the power to block such an integral project? Why should a governor be given the power to decide such a question at all? It seems to me to be an issue of the people and thus should be decided in the State Legislature.
Now, before I get cries of "but what about gay marriage," this is an issue that effects no one's freedom. It isn't a matter of personal liberty. It's a business deal that will occupy a body of water on the Massachusetts coast. It is indeed a matter of the state legislature, not for one person to decide and certainly not an unpopular governor on his way out the door.
Allow me to give the so-called Governor a little message: Mitt Romney, do us all a favor and continue to ignore Massachusetts. The enmity is mutual. And don't let the door hit your ass on the way out.