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Seriously, is RFK, Jr a Hypocritical Dick or What? December 17, 2005, 1:28 pm

Posted by quintapalus in Democrat Stupidity, Environment.

I don’t know how many of you have read this nuanced, carefully reasoned and well thought out complete piece of drivel and tripe masquerading as an op-ed piece in the New York Times (man, if I had a nickel for every time I have written that sentence…well, it’s only a nickel for each pop, but I’d still have like $11.85), but it’s like an instruction manual into the mindset of your typical NIMBY occupied, limousine liberal. In fact, everything that I would need to take his arguments apart, he provides for me.

Affectionately titled “An Ill Wind Off Cape Cod,” the marginally retarded Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. makes his best argument against a proposed wind farm project that is set to be installed six miles off the coast of Cape Cod. Surely you must be asking, “But Quintapalus, isn’t RFK, Jr. one of today’s pre-eminent environmental whackos? How could he possibly be against a proposed wind farm – a pollution free, renewable energy source?” Well, if you asked that question, give yourself a gold star, and to answer it, we must do the unthinkable and read this wretched article.

After establishing his pro-windfarm street cred, RFK, Jr. goes on to describe what the project will entail:

Environmental groups have been enticed by Cape Wind, but they should be wary of lending support to energy companies that are trying to privatize the commons – in this case 24 square miles of a heavily used waterway. And because offshore wind costs twice as much as gas-fired electricity and significantly more than onshore wind, the project is financially feasible only because the federal and state governments have promised $241 million in subsidies.

Cape Wind’s proposal involves construction of 130 giant turbines whose windmill arms will reach 417 feet above the water and be visible for up to 26 miles. These turbines are less than six miles from shore and would be seen from Cape Cod, Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket. Hundreds of flashing lights to warn airplanes away from the turbines will steal the stars and nighttime views. The noise of the turbines will be audible onshore. A transformer substation rising 100 feet above the sound would house giant helicopter pads and 40,000 gallons of potentially hazardous oil.

I love this. He’s one of the biggest environs around and he starts to bash the mere concept of wind power, that’s its cost-inefficient and only possible through subsidies. He sounds like an old fashioned oil and gas man all of sudden. The comments on wrecking the views from the Cape are the best. What he really means is that it will wreck HIS views. Yes folks, this all caring, all feeling liberal is playing the NIMBY card. Well, those houses up there are worth millions and we wouldn’t want to upset anyone. (On a side note, this reminds me of The Simpson’s episode where flight paths are re-routed over Springfield so everyone convinces Krusty to run for Congress to rectify the situation. At the end when the flight paths are changed to the relief of Springfieldians, Homer notes with sighing approval: “ahhh, back where they belong, flying over the homes of poor people.”)

RFK continues to quote very questionable economic impact statements and drones on and on about fisherman and nature, blah blah blah. At the end of the article, we finally come to his recommendation on how to remedy this problem and where his entire argument is destroyed by his own words:

There are many alternatives that would achieve the same benefits as Cape Wind without destroying this national treasure. Deep water technology is rapidly evolving, promising huge bounties of wind energy with fewer environmental and economic consequences. Scotland is preparing to build wind turbines in the Moray Firth more than 12 miles offshore. Germany is considering placing turbines as far as 27 miles off its northern shores.

If Cape Wind were to place its project further offshore, it could build not just 130, but thousands of windmills – where they can make a real difference in the battle against global warming without endangering the birds or impoverishing the experience of millions of tourists and residents and fishing families who rely on the sound’s unspoiled bounties.

This is rich. In the first quote, he talks about how putting wind power off shore is unnecessarily expensive versus land based installation (along with those crazy 40,000 gallons of oil that represent a possible Chernobyl in his mind) and his solution is move it farther off shore????? Man, this guy’s intellect is truly stunning. But Robert, I thought that this project is financially impossible without federal subsidies and that’s why it shouldn’t be done. I thought that it’s because there will be oil out there for lubrication purposes that could, in theory, be spilt and that’s why it shouldn’t be done. I thought it would kill birds with the propellers and that’s why it shouldn’t be done.

Yeah, and I’m a size five. And what’s up with his use of the word “impoverishing?” What a jerk.

I’m just happy that he is such a retard that any person with a 5th grade reading level can see right through his piece and know the real reason why he opposes this wind project: the backyard view from his $10 million+ home might be spoilt from wind turbines SIX MLES FROM THE SHORE. Thank God he opened his mouth (or in this case his pen) and removed any doubt of where his true concerns lie. It would be funny if it weren’t so sad…and typical.
Hey Robert, the jerk store just called…



1. Tom - December 18, 2005, 6:49 pm

You nailed it! I’ve been listening to this guy on this for 4 years now. I’m so glad the rest of the country can truly enjoy his rank hypocrisy. Pretty transparent, huh?

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