April 27, 2006

Uncle of NIMBY-Watch

Teddy Kennedy has picked an unfortunate time to fight the effort to break his monopoly as Massachusetts' primary source of wind power. Or rather, the fact that he is fighting it is suddenly even more politically embarassing now than it has been to date.

The fight is over a proposed wind farm off the coast of Nantucket that would play hell with Teddy's private playground be bad for the state, or something. This is the same project that Bobby Jr. was opposing last December.

Kennedy rejected suggestions that he doesn't like the wind farm because it would be near his Cape home, and said the project probably wouldn't be visible from the Kennedy compound. He said he's against the project because it would create a range of environmental and navigational problems and would hurt tourism, one of the area's key industries.

Uh, huh. As I remarked when Bobby was yapping about it, I'm pretty sure Uncle Ted wouldn't be raising such concerns if the wind farm was going to be located off, say, South Padre Island or some other not-around-the-corner-from-Hyannisport locale.

It's amusing to see that Greenpeace is after him, too:

Environmental groups have launched an aggressive advertising and lobbying campaign to persuade Democrats to abandon Kennedy and back a promising source of renewable energy. If the wind farm becomes a reality, advocates say, it could provide three-fourths of the Cape and Islands' energy needs and could set an example for the nation.

The maneuver to stop the wind farm ''is clearly a backroom deal, and they're going to get called publicly on it," said John Passacantando, executive director of Greenpeace USA. ''The Democrats are going to kill the first big offshore wind farm in the United States because of their relationship with Ted Kennedy."

It'll be interesting to see if this publicity, coupled with the current political climate, will be enough to plant the windmills in Teddy's back yard. The cynic in me says probably not, that he and his pals will retreat publicly for a bit and then find another way to kybosh the project.

UPDATE: A modest proposal. And he said, "NITBY". Heh, heh.

Posted by Robert at April 27, 2006 01:10 PM | TrackBack

Cut a deal. No wind farm off of the Cape, if Teddy agrees to have a turbine strapped to his mouth. That'll create more energy anyway.

Posted by: rbj at April 27, 2006 01:21 PM

I have a picture of my proposed solution up on my site.

I've also coined the acronym "NITBY" for Not In Ted's Back Yard....

Posted by: Gaius Arbo at April 27, 2006 02:46 PM

This one really pisses me off. Ted and Robert Jr. are both fighting this proposal for totally bogus reasons when the truth is they just don't want to spoil their vacation site. This is particularly hypocritical for Jr. who has made a (good) career out of environmental protection. Killing alternative energy projects like this is shameful.
It should be pointed out that there is also a whole bunch of Republican backroom deals to kill the project, involving Romney, Alaska Senator Ted Stevens, Congressman Don Young (Alaska) and Sen. John Warner of the good state of Virginia.

Posted by: LB Buddy at April 27, 2006 03:20 PM

Well, Warner married Liz Taylor so it's evident he'd get in bed with anybody.

Posted by: Robbo the LB at April 27, 2006 03:24 PM


Posted by: LB Buddy at April 27, 2006 04:12 PM