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August 19, 2005

Liberals Against Energy Independence

Energy independence.

Renewable energy.

Non-polluting resources.

These are all things that liberals tell us they support.

But not the ones up in the Cape Cod area.

Take this local resident -- Ted, a public employee from Hyannisport.

Leading this charge is Sen. Ted Kennedy, whose famous compound would have a nice view of the turbines. (To be fair, though most people say the turbines would be hard to see except on very clear days, and even then they'd be tiny blips on the horizon.)

But Ted wants no such thing spoiling cocktail hour on the veranda. So he drafted his famously green nephew Robert to join the fight - even though Robert is a senior lawyer for the Natural Resources Defense Council, which strongly backs the project.

Obviously, the reason this is so much fun is that the stakes are so small for everybody except a handful of people who deserve to lose. Personally, I couldn't really care one way or the other. I think the aesthetic arguments have some merit, but I also think wind power has more potential than most of its critics claim. The windmills would ultimately provide about 75 percent of the energy used by Cape Cod and the surrounding Islands, including Nantucket and Martha's Vineyard - in a clean, renewable form that, unlike older technologies, wouldn't kill birds in an avian frappe. Seventy-five percent of the area's power needs may be a rounding error when discussing America's total energy consumption, but that's a lot for any specific community.

But Ted isn't alone in ensuring that the windmills, located 5-13 miles offshore, don't clutter their ocean view with little blips out on the horizon. Take Walter, a retiree from Martha's Vinyard.

When a reporter for The New York Times Magazine called Walter Cronkite, a windmill opponent, and asked him about the proposal, the retired newsman bristled at the suggestion that this was all about selfishness. But, he had to confess, that's exactly what it is.

"The problem really is Nimbyism," he conceded by telephone, "and it bothers me a great deal that I find myself in this position. I'm all for these (windmills), but there must be areas that are far less valuable than this place is." The reporter prodded, and he said maybe the California desert would work. Isn't that a bit far away to supply Cape Cod? Well, he added, "Inland New England would substitute just as well." In fact, any place but here would do just fine.

Is seemed to dawn on Cronkite that such honesty wasn't serving his cause or himself, he interrupted his train of thought and implored the reporter, "Be kind to an old man."

In other words, sacrifices must be made -- but by the little people, not us.





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Better to have pollution-free energy sources than to rely too much on foreign oil and smoggy skies.

I guess they would like to have a large nuclear powerplant in full view of Cape Cod?

Or a oil-refinery with belching gas-fired smokestacks? I don't see Texans complaining.

Hey, I think off-shore wind turbines are absolutely cool by taking advantage of the year round ocean winds.

BTW, more info about the story.

http://www.ack.net/Focus0818.html


|| Posted by mcconnell, August 20, 2005 10:21 AM ||

If a nuclear power plant killed one percent of the birds the Altamont wind farm kills, the moonbats would have it boarded up in a second.

|| Posted by Walter E. Wallis, August 20, 2005 12:07 PM ||

If that's the case, walter, birds dying, wouldn't that be bad news for the people around the plant? They should be dropping like flies, too.

Hey, I'm for wind turbines 6 - 12 miles from shore all along the coast line of the United States. Visual impact - nonexistant to minimal, noise pollution - nonexistant. Migratory birds getting killed - nonexistant to minimal.

These moonbats are absolutely nuts. Don't want oil drilled off the Florida or California coasts. Don't want oil drilled in ANWAR. Yet they keep driving their cars.

Nutty bunch.

|| Posted by mcconnell, August 20, 2005 09:42 PM ||
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