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Massachusetts liberals contradict themselves on wind farm

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Remember this entry, in which I chronicle the Watertown (Massachusetts) Citizens for Environmental Safety-sponsored Hiroshima Remembrance demonstration that turned into one large anti-Bush, anti-Iraq War protest? Well, I came home at a time when the proposed Cape Wind Farm is being debated, and the aforementioned W.C.E.S. and the much more conservative group, The Watertown Citizens for Common Sense Government (W.C.C.S.G.), which usually fights bitter battles with the W.C.E.S. (and of which I’m a member), both advocate the wind farm. Politics sometimes really does make for strange bedfellows.

Guess who doesn’t support it? Mr. Edward M. Kennedy.

It would seem that the senior senator from Massachusetts has had his insincerity exposed. Can anyone honestly say that this is a man of integrity, what with his environmental double standard? Other members of the Kennedy clan oppose it too, including the tireless advocate for cheap fuel himself, Joe Kennedy, as well as Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., who earns his keep by bludgeoning companies about their environmental practices.

And how about the Bay State’s junior senator? Does anyone know where Kerry stands on this? Last time I heard, he already took 70 million positions on the wind farm and will probably take 70 million more by the time the debate is all wrapped up.

What in the name of dear Mother Earth are the rest of us supposed to think about this? Are we to believe that these uber-liberals no longer find Kyoto kinky? What’s happened to their ecological fetish? Save the whales! That’s their motto – but the small print reads, unless it means tarnishing our silver spoons.

The elitist liberal NIMBY crowd could sink this proposal for a cheap, clean and environmentally safe source of fuel for not only the Islands and Cape Cod, but a good chunk of eastern/southeastern Massachusetts.

Shamefully, the Republican Governor Mitt Romney also opposes the wind farm. Being a businessman, Romney ought to know damn well that he can’t stand in the way of progress. Yet he’s worried about tourism? The wind farm will be seven miles off the coast! No-one’s going to see it. Mitt, a word of advice – the bleeding hearts who live on Nantucket aren’t going to vote for you anyway, so you might as well do the right thing.

Usually, Kerry and the Kennedy clan are good advocates for the causes that the W.C.E.S. holds dear. But at least the liberals of the environmental safety group agree with its more conservative town opposition that the state should proceed with the wind farm.

That should tell you that Massachusetts politicos are blowing hot air and tilting at the wrong windmills.

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  • http://www.diablog.us Dave Nalle

    This is old, old news. And not a surprise to those of us who know the Kennedys. I remember when Bobby Jr and John John used to come down from the upper school and beat me up in 5th grade and dump me in the trash can in the playground or hold middle-schoolers prisoner inside the jungle gym until we gave up our lunch money. They haven’t changed much since then.

    Dave

  • http://www.roblogpolitics.blogspot.com RJ

    “I remember when Bobby Jr and John John used to come down from the upper school and beat me up in 5th grade and dump me in the trash can in the playground or hold middle-schoolers prisoner inside the jungle gym until we gave up our lunch money.”

    Uh…are you serious?

  • http://www.elitistpig.com Dave Nalle

    >>Uh…are you serious?<<

    Strange though it seems, I am. We went to the same school until I was in 6th grade, at which time I moved to England – they were a couple of years ahead of me. I later went to high school with Teddy Jr.

    As far as the relative behavior of the young scions, John was actually the most decent of that group. Bobby Jr. was a thug and there was one other cousin whose name I can’t remember who was creepy and sadistic. Teddy Jr who’s a few years younger than I am was a pretty nice kid in high school.

    Dave

  • http://www.myspace.com/welcometobrookhollow Scott

    “Last time I heard, he already took 70 million positions on the wind farm and will probably take 70 million more by the time the debate is all wrapped up.”

    Damn, 140 million positions? Seems unlikely. Perhaps you’re saying that playing on the perception that Kerry flip-flops on every issue. In that case, well played. Hyperbole can work. This is living proof kids.

  • Jacob

    “Damn, 140 million positions? Seems unlikely.”

    It’s all about ‘nuance’, boys and girls.

    Didn’t I read something about how the Nature Conservency bought a huge amount of land on Nantucket or along the Cape shore a few years ago and then turned around and sold it to a bunch of liberals who wanted to build houses on pristine beach land?

  • http://adamantsun.blogspot.com Steve S

    Didn’t I read something about how the Nature Conservency bought a huge amount of land on Nantucket or along the Cape shore a few years ago and then turned around and sold it to a bunch of liberals who wanted to build houses on pristine beach land?

    Who knows? One of my partner’s coworkers, a conservative Republican was all happy and excited that he bought an SUV just before the end of the year. He told us that the Republican Congress created a loophole that all rich Republicans can buy an SUV and write it off on their next years income tax. Now that all Republicans have the SUV’s they need, they are closing the loophole.

    Escaping taxes, hoarding wealth, passing the buck onto the less fortunate. It was a Republican who told us this too, he was all happy about not paying his fair share.

    So what are you going to do? Politics is politics.

  • http://www.kolehardfacts.blogspot.com Mike Kole

    In each of my two most recent trips to Europe, I had given thought to the wind farms there.

    The most recent trip was last week, to southern Spain (Andalucia) and Gibraltar. Those windmills are all the rage on the mountains and hillsides on the Mediterranean, and it struck me: these things are hideous scars on the natural beauty of the landscape.

    In September, I was in Denmark with a relative who actually sells gears and other windmill components to EU governments. He confessed to me that the windmill is far more emotionally driven than science. People feel good about building the windmills, but they really don’t generate very much energy. He’s damn glad that the emotional drive dominates the science, because he makes a fine living.

    I’m not in a hurry to defend Ted Kennedy, per se. But given these two personal experiences, I can’t say I blame the guy for opposing the wind farm.

  • Ferd Berfle

    When is anyone going to ever learn? Liberals want you out of your SUVs and cars and forget the notion of ever owning your own plane. Liberals want all these energy saving devices so that you the sheople, low lifes who are not as good or smart or rich as them can have them in them in your back yard not theirs. Liberals are for people of color or lesser economic status when it comes to photo ops and votes. Taxes and spending — they are all for it when it is not theirs — you can pay the bills — not the Kennedys, nor the Kerrys. This is what is called being for the little guy. Vote for these guys go ahead — you are either mentally deficient of dillusional — take your pick.