– by Michael Conathan
Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., President of the Waterkeeper Alliance, has once again lambasted the Cape Wind project – a proposal to build 130 wind turbines in Nantucket Sound off Cape Cod. Ironically, he placed his hit-piece in in the Wall Street Journal, a Rupert Murdoch media outlet that News Corp has “turned into a propaganda vehicle for its owner’s conservative views,” as Joe Nocera explained in “The Journal Becomes Fox-ified.”
Cape Wind has received all of its federal permits and is on track to begin construction and become America’s first offshore wind farm. Kennedy’s hatred for the project – which would sit within eyeshot of his family’s famed compound in Hyannisport, MA – is longstanding, but in this piece he has found a new mask to cover the true motivation behind his distaste: looking out for the good citizen ratepayers of Massachusetts and attempting to portray Cape Wind as a “rip-off.”
It is simply impossible to portray Kennedy’s latest salvo in the ongoing battle over Cape Wind as anything less than utter hypocrisy. Kennedy suggests that the project, which has undergone more than a decade of environmental and economic review, could be supplanted by “renewable” power from Canadian hydroelectricity – the same alternative that has been proposed to replace Vermont Yankee’s nuclear energy. And yet in 2004 as a senior attorney for the Natural Resource Defense Council, Kennedy penned a piece titled “Hydro is Breaking Our Hearts.” His article lamented that hydro development in Canada had “turned pristine rivers into power corridors, ancient lakes into holding tanks, and a sacred homeland into an industrial complex.”
Yet Canadian hydropower is precisely the solution he proposes to replace Cape Wind’s green electrons. Apparently his own Hyannisport sacred homeland is somehow … more sacred?