DIRTY WIND: New Ruiz “editorial” suggests wind-turbine critics are Tea Party affiliated
KINGSTON- “The attack on clean energy has taken on the characteristics of a classic propaganda campaign, based on fear and innuendo, and bullying tactics against clean energy developers and their supporters,” reads one line from a letter labeled as an “open editorial” written by Kingston Wind Independence (KWI) Turbine co-manager Kially Ruiz.
The first two sentences in Ruiz’s editorial–which has not been published until now–read, “within the past couple of years we have witnessed a backlash against clean energy both in Massachusetts and across the country. This movement has coincided with a strident tea party movement that is suspicious of clean energy in general.”
Ruiz’s editorial also turns its sights on Deval Patrick, accusing the two-term Massachusetts governor’s administration of failing to lead.
“Leadership from the Patrick administration has been sorely lacking in terms of standing up for the benefits of renewable energy sources, in particular wind power,” Ruiz’s letter reads.
Ruiz also alleges that Governor Patrick and the Department of Environmental Protection policies have resulted in a “double standard against wind turbines that has created a chilling effect on the industry.”
Also according to Ruiz’s letter, recently “developers and financiers called the wind industry ‘dead’ in Massachusetts” at an annual wind conference in Chicago.”
“The [wind] projects that were built under the encouragement of the Patrick administration should be grandfathered to the same standards that apply to coal, natural gas, and nuclear power plants today,” Ruiz concludes at the end of his editorial before describing the KWI Turbine’s produced electricity as “a significant achievement and victory.”
The Journal has decided to publish Ruiz’s editorial, in its entirety, as an attached PDF file below.