Robert Kennedy and the Pilgrims
And his "economic engine" of New England
By Wendy Williams, MASHPEE, Mass
Long ago in the Cape Wind saga, Robert F. Kennedy Jr. told Time that he didn’t want an offshore wind farm in Nantucket Sound because he wanted the region to remain as it had been when the Pilgrims ran the show.
RKF Jr. said on a radio show that he didn’t want it because Nantucket Sound was the “economic engine” of New England. Those who live in Boston or the Route 128 high-tech semi-circle, or in Hartford, or Providence, found that claim intriguing. Perhaps there was a lot more to be made by sport-fishing guides than city-folk realized!More than a few people shook their heads in wonder. Did the Pilgrim Fathers really have 10,000-square-foot homes, with air conditioners? Are the tiny huts shown to tourists over in Plimoth Plantation just shams? Were these hallowed ancestors more comfortable than they let on in their diaries and log books? How many diesel-powered yachts did the Pilgrims have?
Then, RKF Jr. said on a radio show that he didn’t want it because Nantucket Sound was the “economic engine” of New England. Those who live in Boston or the Route 128 high-tech semi-circle, or in Hartford, or Providence, found that claim intriguing. Perhaps there was a lot more to be made by sport-fishing guides than city-folk realized!
Next Bobby wrote in The New York Times that he didn’t want it because, among other things, the project would harm the whales. Cetacean biologists scrambled for data. They hadn’t known there were any whales in Nantucket Sound, but if RFK said it, well, the biologists must have missed something.
Now comes The Palm Beach Post’s Kristie Swartz, a business reporter. It seems that Swartz was at a climate conference in Florida recently when Bobby delivered yet another one of his “See you at the barricades!” speeches, filled with his favorite sweeping generalizations and other hogwash and mishegas.
Here’s a typical quote: “The only reason that we are still addicted to this carbon economy is because of government intervention, because they have rigged the market.”
Gee, solving the energy problem is so much easier than the experts had believed.
Swartz then asked him about Cape Wind. Was the market was rigged against the project because of “government intervention” — i.e., the attempt of Uncle Ted to use his senatorial advantages last spring to try to kill the project in the backrooms of Congress.
“I am a fan of wind. I just want them moved two miles away because they are going to harm business,” Kennedy said. Theater of the absurd.