Heard on the Hill

'Grey's Anatomy' Star Kate Walsh Lobbies Capitol Hill for Clean Energy

Actress Kate Walsh, known for her role as Dr. Addison Montgomery on ABC’s “Private Practice” and “Grey’s Anatomy,” made the rounds Thursday on Capitol Hill to lobby for offshore wind power with the ocean conservation group Oceana. Walsh’s visit, which coincides with the third anniversary of the Gulf oil spill, brought her to the offices of Sen. Barbara Boxer of California and Reps. Raúl M. Grijalva of Arizona and Xavier Becerra and Mike Thompson of California, all Democrats. Walsh and Oceana are hoping to get the members to co-sponsor legislation that would provide subsidies for offshore wind power development. The energy source — which plants windmills in oceans, lakes and inlets, where wind speeds are faster and energy production is therefore higher — is cleaner than offshore drilling. “Basically what we want them to do is incentivize tax credits to get wind power up and running offshore,” Walsh told HOH Thursday morning before heading to the Hill. “We’re so behind. The rest of the world has been doing offshore wind for years – Europe, China – so it’s a no-brainer and it’s basically a pot of gold that’s waiting to be delved into.” Dustin Cranor, communications director for Oceana, said Walsh’s presence will help shed more light on the benefits of offshore wind power and that the group is excited to have her in town to help in its lobbying efforts. “Kate and her career boosts the height and awareness of the issue and gets us into offices that we might not be able to get into without her,” Cranor said. “And she’s an amazing advocate of Oceana and has been for four years.” Aside from her lobbying efforts with Oceana, Walsh is in town to attend this weekend’s White House Correspondents' Association Dinner as a guest of USA Today and will attend cocktail parties hosted by The New Yorker, People Magazine and Funny or Die. “I’m actually working with Funny or Die on something, a digital series,” Walsh told HOH of the next steps in her career. She added that she’s working on another television project that she couldn’t elaborate on much, but she did give us a hint that it will be a “single-camera, half-hour comedy.” "I have a bunch of stuff kind of cooking up," Walsh said. "I will be busy!"
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