RFK Jr. Protested by Cape Windbags at MA Event

BOUQUETS AND BRICKBATS: FOR KENNEDY, IT’S NOT EASY BEING GREEN 

RFK Jr. in New Bedford, MA Oct. 18, 2007 

(PHOTO CAPTION: Robert F. Kennedy Jr. speaks in New Bedford, MA on Oct. 18)

Robert F. Kennedy Jr. was back in “Kennedy Country” Thursday to speak at a Bioneers by the Bay: Connecting for Change kick-off event in New Bedford, Massachusetts. But his old home week welcome was not always a warm one. 

Upon arrival at the Zeiterion Theatre, Kennedy was greeted by a group of pro-Cape Wind demonstrators, apparently looking to take the wind out of his sails.

Representatives from Clean Power Now, a group that supports the Nantucket Sound wind farm project, stood at the corner of Spring and Purchase streets holding signs decorated with wind turbines and the statement, “Yes.” As people walked into the theater, the protesters loudly urged them to ask Mr. Kennedy why he opposes the project.

Kennedy did not address Cape Wind at all during his speech.

Meanwhile, a flurry of critical letters and editorials in the local newspapers attempted to paint RFK Jr. as an environmental hypocrite, once again making the empty argument that he does not support the wind farm simply because it might obstruct his “pristine view from the Kennedy home at Hyannisport”.

It appears that Kennedy’s critics are either uninformed or deliberately distorting the facts. The truth of the matter is that Bobby Kennedy Jr. does not live in Hyannisport (he has resided in New York most of his life). His frantic work schedule ensures that he rarely finds time to visit the family compound at Cape Cod; therefore, it is not his view which will be affected by the giant wind turbines.

Here the NIMBY argument falls flat on its’ face. But why should the pro-Cape Wind lobby allow facts to get in the way of a good propaganda campaign? This story is breaking like the wind on such prime outlets as The Daily Show, allowing us all to witness the absurd irony of tree-hugging lefties joining hands with the Free Republic crowd to save the planet. Did you ever think you’d see the day?

WINDS OF CHANGE? OR JUST A BUNCH OF HOT AIR?

Striking while the iron is hot, the Cape Windbags never miss an opportunity to poke fun at Uncle Teddy, using his opposition to Cape Wind as yet another excuse to dredge up the Senator’s past mistakes. This chronic flatulence of the fingers permeates most MSM editorials on the subject of Cape Wind, and smells every bit as foul as the aftermath of a Boston bean-eating contest.

So after nearly six years of this little game of slap-and-tickle, the Cape Wind debate continues to rage on and on, ad nauseum. So much disinformation has been circulated by the Cape Windbags on this issue that most average Americans just can’t understand why RFK Jr., one of the nation’s top environmentalists, is not on board.

So where does RFK Jr. stand on the Cape Wind boondoggle, exactly?

Simply put, Bobby Kennedy Jr. supports wind power as one of many solutions to our nation’s energy crisis. But he doesn’t think we should just plunk down a huge wind farm of monster turbines in the middle of Nantucket Sound without regard for the long-term consequences. He opposes the Cape Wind project on environmental grounds, and has voiced important concerns about the potential impact the wind farm will have on fish and wildlife in the affected area. He does support bringing wind power to Cape Cod, and agrees with Senator Ted Kennedy’s proposal to instead construct a wind farm off nearby Otis Air Force Base.

Further, since RFK Jr. has always strongly opposed privatizing the commons, it should come as no surprise that he will not support the notion of placing one of the nation’s most historic public waterways in the hands of private developers for profit.

Mr. Kennedy has clearly defined and defended his reasons for opposing Cape Wind publicly on numerous occasions. He explained why he feels the project will ultimately do more harm than good in his New York Times Op-Ed piece, An Ill Wind Off Cape Cod. We encourage everyone to read it.

RFK JR. A “VOICE OF MORAL AUTHORITY” IN U.S. POLITICS

In what was about the only positive editorial regarding Mr. Kennedy’s visit to Massachusetts this week, South Coast Today’s Jack Spillane had this to say after attending RFK Jr.’s speech:

“Then, out of the son of Robert Kennedy’s mouth, came the voice of moral authority that has been missing from American political debate since the 1960s civil rights movement…

…To save the environment, Mr. Kennedy offered a blatantly political call to action that didn’t seem in any way the dirty politics of the last American half-century.

Support campaign finance reform. Keep corporations away from government. And support reform of the regulations governing media, he said.

“Get involved in this political process and get rid of these rotten politicians,” he finished.

When was the last time you ever heard an American leader talk like that?

Too bad this guy isn’t the president instead of the one we’ve got.”

Our thoughts exactly, Jack.

And Mr. Spillane, if you’re as sick and tired of business as usual as we are, perhaps you’d like to add your signature to the “Kennedy for President” petition. 

Copyright 2007 by RFKin2008.com. All Rights Reserved.

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2 responses to “RFK Jr. Protested by Cape Windbags at MA Event

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  2. JSJ

    I am amazed at the interesting links to my post about my trip to Washington D.C. with a group of local officials to meet with Mineral Management regarding Cape Wind’s proposed development of Horseshoe Shoals.

    I have spent some time backtracking, or following the links people have created into my DC report. This has been an education in the kind of P.R. game Jim Gordon and friends have been playing. It is, admitedly, an effective campaign and worth the millions he spends to promote this project by making it’s opponents seem like they are all wealthy oceanfront homeowners or people with family connections to wealthy homeowners who live along the shores of Nantucket Sound all worried only abouth their million dollar views.

    First there is a link from the wealthy Wendy Williams who has made a fortune accusing the opponents of this project of using power, politics, and money to obstruct the project to protect these views. She has never spoken to any of the town officials whose concerns are practical and deserve recognition.

    Wendy is hired to speak about this issue yet she doesn’t live in the impacted towns, nor has she actually explored our real concerns. I noticed on her blog that she and “Bob” (it isn’t clear on the blogsite, is Bob the co-author?) are scheduled to give an address about Cape Wind at Harvard University. What qualifies her to be compensated for this type of speaking engagement? And, where does the money she makes actually go? What happens to the proceeds from the speaking engagements she gives as a expert about a project that effects local communities whom she has completely ignored?

    The towns of Barnstable, Yarmouth, Mashpee, and the Island municipalities are worried about our roles as first responders; we are worried about oil spills and disaster insurance; we are concerned about bonds and the viablilty of this project’s financing. Are these topics dicussed when Williams and friends give lucrative speeches about her book that paint opponents as evil, greedy, NIMBY’s whose only desire is to keep our horizons clear?

    Another link to this DC report is from a group that publishes a blog called the “Bostonist.” Again, another group that has done little to examine the true and real, nuts and bolts concerns that this project presents. They use William’s book as a resource……

    The truth is that as we approach the dead of winter those of us who truly live here, not along the shores of the Sound but in the bedroom communities and working-class neighborhoods of the mid-Cape, the year-round communities that are concerned about issues that far surpass the “million dollar views,” are tired of being left out of these discussions when we are the people who will be left to deal with the residual effects of this enormous industrial project proposed for our community.

    HELLO!!!

    We are here, and we want a place at the table! We have LEGITIMATE concerns that have not been addressed! We have asked IMPORTANT AND RELEVANT questions that have not been answered! We shared these issues with the MMS in Washington DC, and we got the impression that many of these issues and questions are unanswered in their reports as well.

    In the coming weeks I will address some of these concerns. I will also share efforts to learn more about who is supporting this project, why, and what their politcal connections are. Why is our own governor, who sported a windmill on his campaign site as a show of support for Cape Wind and reportedly accepted donations from Jim Gordon and friends, never taken the time to listen to local municipal officials or met with us to discuss our legitmate concerns about this project?

    And, why has Senator Kerry met with Jim Gordon, accepted campaign support and donations from him, yet never taken the time to meet with local municipal and community officials who would be impacted by this project?

    There are so many holes in the “facts” spewed by Jim Gordon’s public relations machine.

    I will address some of these issues with this blog…..

    But, someone should really write a book.

    Check out:

    http://sevenvillagesblog.com/2008/01/02/cape-wind-money-power-politics-and-pr-someone-should-to-write-a-book/

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