March 2, 2006


Kennedy tries to halt windmills (Audrey Hudson, March 2, 2006, THE WASHINGTON TIMES)

A fight to block alternative fuel development that could replace oil-burning power plants for communities along the Nantucket Sound has created an unusual alliance on Capitol Hill, with Sen. Edward M. Kennedy backing the fight against the green proposal.

Mr. Kennedy, a staunch environmentalist, opposes the Cape Wind project, which will place windmills in the sound's shallows to create electricity for customers in Cape Cod, Martha's Vineyard and Nantucket.

Critics say the Massachusetts Democrat doesn't want the Cape Wind project in his own back yard along with 130 windmills that might clutter the water view of the Kennedy clan's vacation home. Sen. John Kerry, Massachusetts' junior senator and another key green ally, called attempts to derail the project an "insult."

Meet Senator Panza.

Posted by Orrin Judd at March 2, 2006 9:14 AM

Teddy's just jealous because he wants to remain the biggest wind project on Cape Cod.

Posted by: John at March 2, 2006 10:36 AM

Who is this "unusual alliance" with? If it's just Teddy and the rest of his Nantucket NIMBY buddies, I don't see anything unusual. Are any conservative or industry groups opposing the windmills? I can't imagine that they would, even if there were legitimate reasons, if only out of schadenfreude.

Posted by: Timothy at March 2, 2006 1:12 PM

The problem with wind power is that flipping the light switch doesn't cause the wind to blow.

Posted by: jd watson [TypeKey Profile Page] at March 2, 2006 1:12 PM

But the wind can blow at night. The alternmative which the "We Hate Big Oil and Nuclear Power but don't want Big Windmill in our neighborhood" types are now touting like mad -- solar power -- has both cloudy skies and nighttime going against it as a 24/7/365 source of energy, even if the efficency of the solar cell panels is much better than 20 years ago.

Posted by: John at March 2, 2006 1:23 PM

The really shameful thing is that the Ma GOP can't even find anyone to run against him.

Posted by: David Cohen at March 2, 2006 2:34 PM

The "unusual alliance" is with Sen. Don Young (R-Alaska). Amusingly but expectedly, the New York Times blasts Sen. Young while omitting any mention of Teddy.

Posted by: John Thacker at March 2, 2006 3:38 PM

Err, not senator. Represenative, and committee chairman.

Posted by: John Thacker at March 2, 2006 3:39 PM

Another example of liberal hypocrisy.

Posted by: morry at March 2, 2006 11:01 PM