This week's vote for Fool of the Week goes to Senator Ted Kennedy, (D-MA).
As you know, the Kennedy family enjoy quite the priviledged life here in America. Old man Kennedy, a rum runner in the time of Prohibition, aquired a fortune and bought land on Cape Cod to built a family compound. In present times, many families of wealth have homes on Cape Cod. The area is beautiful and water sport recreation is a big draw.
In an effort to develop alternative sources of energy, environmentalists and others are proponents of wind energy. America's first offshore wind farm in not to be, thanks to Senator Kennedy's leadership in blocking the development. Senator Kennedy, Senator John Kerry, and Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney are all working to stop the project dead in its tracks. Why? The view from the local mansions would be altered by those pesky wind mills.
Senator Kennedy has actually told others that Nantucket Sound is sacred due to past President Kennedy sailing so joyfully in the Sound.
This offshore grid of 130 wind turbines would supply 3/4 of the energy needs of Cape Cod, Nantucket and Martha's Vineyard. So, let's be an environmentalist and tie the hands of Big Oil at every possible opportunity but when it comes to alternatives, well, not in my backyard.
So, as is the normal state of events, the states of Louisiana and Texas have stepped up to provide energy for this country. Two projects are being developed off the coast of Louisiana and the largest project so far is being developed off Padre Island, Texas. This will be a 49,999 acre span of turbines able to generate energy to power 125,000 homes.
The next time you hear one of these hypocrites bellowing about the price of gas in this country or the environmental problems of the oil industry and drilling in this country, remember who is working for solutions, not self interests.