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