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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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  •  very well then, here you go (3.75)
    Nantucket Sound is among the most densely traveled boating corridors in the Atlantic. The turbines will be perilously close to the main navigation channels for cargo ships, ferries and fishing boats. The risk of collisions with the towers would increase during the fogs and storms for which the area is famous. That is why the Steamship Authority and Hy-Line Cruises, which transport millions of passengers to and from the cape and islands every year, oppose the project. Thousands of small businesses, including marina owners, hotels, motels, whale watching tours and charter fishing operations will also be hurt. The Beacon Hill Institute at Suffolk University in Boston estimates a loss of up to 2,533 jobs because of the loss of tourism - and over a billion dollars to the local economy.

    There are only two ports of any significance on Nantucket Sound:  Hyannis and Nantucket.  It is, as RFK2 assures us, a trove of wrecked ships.  It is, without a doubt, the most treacherous navigation at that latitute, anywhere in the world.  Were it not for the yachts out of Hyannis, not one ship of any substance would put out anchor in that water.

    As I mentioned in a previous post, the charter fishing would boom in the presence of new structure in the first ten fathoms of water.  Charter fishing out of Louisiana and Texas routinely head for the oil rigs.  

    RFK2 has presented factoids, Jerome has attempted to put forward an alternate set of facts.  If Jerome is outraged by this patent abuse of name branding and privilege, I cannot help but agree with him.  Armed with a handful of easily disproveable arguments, RFK2 has gone off to the New York Times with a hugely deficient agenda of fearmongering and pseudoscience, and it's about time someone with some credibility in energy policy called him on it.

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

    by BlaiseP on Sat Dec 17, 2005 at 10:32:35 AM PST

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    •  you actually consider that paragraph (3.50)
      to be "nasty & slimey?" what words do you reserve for describing malkin, coulter & limbaugh? i am not a sailor or a fisherman. maybe a boat that crashes into one of these structures in a heavy fog will have more survivors, maybe they are planning on putting phones out there. could be that fish will love having a little playground & will be more bountiful than before. i don't claim to understand all of this. i'm not saying that these structures are hideous or beautiful. what i will claim some understanding of is language. & the title & tone of this diary is way over the top. it is hyperbolic, vicious & venal & does neither the diarist or mr. kennedy any service. it is counter productive with regards to discussion or argument of the actual project.

      i'm an agnostic, i'd be an atheist if it weren't for mozart

      by rasbobbo on Sat Dec 17, 2005 at 11:34:36 AM PST

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      •  That may be true, and I'm not here (3.50)
        I will call into question the factoids erected by RFK2, just as I call Malkin and Limbaugh's fact-free flames a crock of shit.  If this country is to achieve energy independence, it will not be helped along by some Name-Brand Ninny like RFK2 wringing his manicured hands and going to bat for a bunch of yacht owners over a wind farm, as if they owned Nantucket Sound.

        It is good to see you issue the caveat that you do not understand all of this.  I heartily concur.  

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

        by BlaiseP on Sat Dec 17, 2005 at 12:01:39 PM PST

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