Our appetite for energy has to be curbed

chitribBy Jack Fuller, former editor and publisher of the Chicago Tribune

Sen. Edward Kennedy, along with other powerful folks who summer on the fashionable Massachusetts shores of Cape Cod, Nantucket and Martha's Vineyard, has blown up quite a storm over a proposal to put 130 windmills in Nantucket Sound.

The devices would provide about three-quarters of the electric power used in those three places, and cleanly. But not without turbulence.

For one thing, sunbathers would be able to see them from the shores of Cape Cod. So would recreational boaters. Then there is concern with disruption of navigational radar, an issue that sells better politically than keeping rich people's views uncluttered.

Tempting as it is to turn this into a joke on limousine liberals who want to do good so long as it only inconveniences others, the controversy also involves limousine conservatives. Republican Sen. John Warner of Virginia, whose daughters own property on the Cape, has also gotten into the act...

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