What an embarrassment
Did everybody hear Audra Parker's take on Cape Wind'ssupposed threat to right whales this week? To paraphrase Marlon Brando in Apocalypse Now:
"The horror ... the horror... Cape Windwill produce sounds that could hurt the ears of right whales!".
Has Parker really sunk this low? My God! What an embarrassment. Here's apicture for you: Imagine, in your mind'seye, the original meeting of the ultra-wealthy owners of beachfront Osterville propertythat kicked off the Alliance. Nowimagine people rising to express their opinions and someone saying:
"To heck with how this thing will look from my backyard. What I want to know is ‘what will these thingsdo to the sensitive hearing of right whales!' ".
As we all know, the Alliancemainly carries water for rich beachfront property owners concerned withtheir views and for the fossil fuel industry (the Kochs included). And now they would have us believe that they'reworried about right whales? I know, Iknow... try not to laugh too hard at that.
Of course, we've known for years now that the Alliance will take ANY position to oppose Cape Windregardless of its truthfulness and significance. Let's see how many I can think of:
Birds, aviation radar, damage to the sea bottom, danger toferries, turtles, destruction of the fishing industry as we know it, ditto fortourism, Indian burial grounds, Indian worship ceremonies and now.... the sensitivitiesof right whales!!!
No matter to Ms. Parker that right whales have seldom ifever been sighted near Horseshoe Shoals. No matter that right whales visit Nantucket Soundvery rarely and then only for short periods. No matter that Cape Windhas agreed to sound reduction in the extremely unlikely event that right whalesdo appear near HorseshoeShoals. And no matter that the Fishery Service says "Cape Wind is not likely tojeopardize the continued existence of right whales or other whale species".
Perhaps a better quote in response to Ms. Parker's statementwould be an adaptation of Joseph Welch's to Joseph McCarthy:
"Have youno sense of decency, Ms. Parker, at long last? Have you left no sense ofdecency"?