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Boston Herald: Ed Markey hails leases of waters off Mass. for wind energy

U.S. Sen. Edward J. Markey hailed yesterday’s lease sale of more than 354,000 acres of federal waters off the coast of Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket to two companies for potential wind energy development, saying it could provide enough electricity to power more than 700,000 homes.

“These same harsh winds that we’ve endured for centuries can be turned into clean power for our homes, creating jobs even as it cuts the carbon pollution that is worsening climate change and supercharging storms,”“ Markey said in a statement. “Instead of drilling for oil and gas off of the Atlantic Coast, we should pursue a clean energy vision that safeguards our environment and boosts our economy.”