?That's where I sail'

ProjoKennedy's statement contradicted by his own words

By James E. Liedell 

Sen. Edward M. Kennedy's Aug. 30 letter to the editor of the Worcester Telegram & Gazette stated he did not give "windmills on the horizon will spoil the view" as a key reason for his opposition to the Cape Wind project.

It is disappointing that Mr. Kennedy totally ignores Cape Wind's environmental, health, economic, security and other benefits to Massachusetts individuals, towns and businesses.But his statement was contradicted by his own words -- "the sight of wind turbines bothers me" -- to me at a Boston Pops Concert in Hyannis. Mr. Kennedy also told me, "That's also where I sail, and I don't want to see them." Most opponents similarly identify the real or purported effects on their view as their key objection, although most have never seen an offshore wind turbine.

The visual complaint is one of the few arguments opponents have. State and federal governmental reviews have found few significant faults, and many powerful benefits.

Mr. Kennedy also claimed Cape Wind will "seize 25 square miles of public lands and waters." But Cape Wind's turbine towers and service platform would occupy less than two acres -- leaving 99.99 percent of the 25 square miles for others' use. The towers would be one-third to one-half mile apart. Cape Wind will pay a large lease fee, 27 percent of which will go to Massachusetts.

It is disappointing that Mr. Kennedy totally ignores Cape Wind's environmental, health, economic, security and other benefits to Massachusetts individuals, towns and businesses.

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