Political humbug & hypocrisy reach a new (ocean) depth

NIMBY becomes APTIATSI

delmarktedcaption_415Up until now the worse thing said about our ineffectual US Congressman William Delahunt is that he was a little more than a flunky, a go-fer, for our Senior Senator. He helps Mr. Kennedy, often carrying the stool he sits on at most rallies.

But this week so we can understand his craven, "empty-suited" toadyness better, he has simplified his criteria for any offshore wind farm.  What used to be "Not In My Back Yard" has been refined to "Any Place Ted Isn't Able To See It".

In their third major scoop in the past week, the Martha's Vineyard Gazette revealed that Mr. Delahunt has thrown up a new smoke screen to hide his five years of sub rosa maneuvers to block the Cape Wind project at Mr. Kennedy's behest.

By now most readers are familiar with the endless stealth schemes these two have used in their attempts to thwart the will of the voters. 

As the Providence Journal Editorial had it in February,

Massachusetts Congressman William Delahunt is famous for his political calculation. There seems to be little that he does in public life that does not pertain to his career self-interest.

"Thus his hilariously hypocritical talking up of “deep-water” wind farms. Mr. Delahunt decided early on that he didn’t dare oppose Sen. Edward Kennedy and rich campaign contributors with big places on Nantucket Sound by supporting Cape Wind’s proposal to put a wind farm in the sound. (Actually, Mr. Delahunt pretty much does everything as Senator Kennedy directs.)

So this week, without a minute of thought or scientific research other than to throw up another red herring to offset the devastating revelations in Wendy Williams new book, Mr. Delahunt threw up a new plan.  "Cape Wind" which be in bookstores Monday and will have highly embarrassing revelations about both these elected men, so days before it is published Delahunt has proposed a huge wind farm plus a wave farm plus a tidal energy farm in the heavily trafficked waters between Nantucket and Martha's Vineyard.  

Click image to see publisherAccording to the Eldridge Tide and Pilot Book the currents between those two islands are only of sufficient strength, over 3 knots, to be effective five hours in each 24 hour cycle.

Mr. Delahunt has one real purpose in this ill-timed and little researched proposal - to make his constituents forget they are paying $4 a gallon for gas and to rewrite his dismal, environmental record for the past decade and not read MS Williams revelations about his anti-environmental conduct.

In the history of the United States Congress, only one member has ever proposed legislation effecting renewable energy on Nantucket Sound.

That man is William Delahunt, but his efforts have been to stop renewable energy rather than support it. 

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