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Ted Kennedy Rebuffed: Mass. Wind Farm OKed

Wednesday, 05 Nov 2008 05:10 PM

By Jim Meyers

Voters in Massachusetts have expressed overwhelming support for an energy-producing wind farm project that has been opposed by Sen. Ted Kennedy.

The Cape Wind Project would erect 130 windmills in Nantucket Sound, off the coast of Massachusetts, and could provide three-fourths of the power needed by Cape Cod and nearby islands, which is now largely supplied by coal-fired plants.

On Tuesday, 87 percent of voters in 11 Massachusetts towns voted “Yes” on a non-binding question that read:

“Should the state representative from this district be instructed to vote in favor of legislation that would support the development of Cape Wind in Nantucket Sound and other possible future onshore and offshore wind power developments in Massachusetts?

A total of 84,417 people in the towns voted on the question, and 73,397 voted “Yes,” according to Cape Cod Today.

The Cape Wind Project has been “frustrated at every turn by a handful of yachtsmen, Kennedy included,” wrote columnist Froma Harrop, who is on the staff of the Providence Journal.

A book by Peter Schweizer, "Do As I Say (Not As I Do): Profiles in Liberal Hypocrisy,” also disclosed Kennedy’s efforts to torpedo the wind farm.

“The Cape Wind Project would be built in Nantucket Sound, about six miles off the coast from the Kennedy compound in Hyannis,” Schweizer explained.

"The problem was not aesthetic; the Kennedys wouldn’t be able to actually see the turbines from their home. Instead Robert Kennedy Jr., who had been beating the drum for alternative sources of energy for more than a decade, complained that the project would be built in one of the family’s favorite sailing and yachting areas.”

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