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Biden wind farm sale opens path to turbines on nearly all coasts

WASHINGTON — The Biden administration on Wednesday outlined plans to expand offshore wind development across almost all U.S. coasts, raising the prospect that turbines could be installed from the Carolinas to California.

“We have big goals to achieve a clean energy economy,” Interior Secretary Deb Haaland said during a speech at American Clean Power’s Offshore WINDPOWER Conference in Boston on Wednesday. Haaland called the administration’s plan a road map to show “exactly where we’re headed and how we plan to achieve a clean energy future by 2030.”

The government will consider selling development rights in waters along the Carolinas, California, Oregon and New York, as well as the central Atlantic and the gulfs of Maine and Mexico, potentially leaving just the U.S. Arctic coast untouched by turbines. All told, the Interior Department envisions as many as seven offshore wind lease sales by 2025.

Most of the wind leasing plans described Wednesday have previously been proposed or telegraphed, including an effort to get the first-ever wind farms floating off the California coast. But with her remarks, Haaland offered the clearest vision yet of what a new surge in offshore wind development could look like.

Two small wind farms operate in waters off the U.S. East Coast today, but the country is still trying to catch up with China, Germany, the U.K. and other countries in generating power from the strong, steady gusts at sea.

 

—Bloomberg News

Justices hint at death penalty reinstatement for Boston Marathon bomber

WASHINGTON — U.S. Supreme Court justices indicated they are likely to reinstate the death sentence for Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, the man convicted of setting off one of the bombs that killed three people at the 2013 Boston Marathon.

Hearing arguments in Washington on Wednesday, the court’s conservatives voiced skepticism about a federal appeals court decision that threw out Tsarnaev’s death sentence. The appeals court ruled that a federal trial judge improperly limited questioning of prospective jurors about pretrial media coverage they consumed. The panel also said the judge should have allowed evidence involving a previous crime that Tsarnaev says showed he was acting under the influence of his older brother, Tamerlan.

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