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View Diary: [ED] My detailed dissection of Robert F. Kennedy Jr 's misguided Op-Ed on Nantucket Wind in the NYT (390 comments)

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  •  I know the shores of the Netherlands (none)
    well enough to draw a fairly accurate map from memory.  The windmills are now big tourist draws.  

    People are usually more convinced by reasons they discovered themselves than by those found by others.

    by BlaiseP on Sat Dec 17, 2005 at 08:12:17 AM PST

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    •  I agree with you (4.00)
      Although I feel that this may only be until they become so common place that they no longer gave a WoW factor.

      This is not what Kennedy is saying. There is a particular beauty about the Cape Cod coastline. It has a maritime and fishing history that is embedded in American culture. I have books of photographs of the ships and fishing yawls of that area. Ask any sailor in the UK and he may well be able to even name one or two of the most famous ones.

      With respect, no one is arguing your point that windfarms can be a draw for people. Unless it is deemed right because people like them it is OK to put a Ferris Wheel and a Grand Prix Speedway in the middle of a National Park.

      The argument is not that windfarms should not be placed in the sea, it is  one that simply asks if this should be anywhere that the corporate energy interests choose to put them? If you think that there may be some places best left in their natural state, then the simple argument is one about whether there is anything special about Cape Cod.

      Kennedy and I - I because I have no vested interest in the place - believe there is something very special about it.

      New International Times, the place where Kossacks and the world meet.

      by Welshman on Sat Dec 17, 2005 at 08:27:41 AM PST

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      •  i agree (4.00)
        Your comment makes the most sense to me vis a vis Kennedy's rationale.  I live in Hawaii and from our viewpoint I can understand and sympathise with his NIMBY attitude.

        But, the biggest issue is just accepting what the corporate interest, be they Windmill corporations or oil corporations, tell me I MUST do.

        Who, then speaks for the land?  Who speaks for those values that are spiritual and not so easily defined?  Who if not Kennedy?  He is already, as an environmental activist, in a sense, speaking for the land isn't he?

      •  Thank you (4.00)
        There is something very special about the area.  It is rich in our history.  Something I appreciate even  if Jerome does not.
        There are other places to put this wind farm.

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