Sunday, February 04, 2007

Why Despise Mitt Romney? He Opposes Wind Power...

...because windmills aren't pretty.

Here's the main reason any good environmentalist should NOT vote for Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney.

Back in April of 2006, A coalition of groups supporting a plan for the nation’s largest alternative energy project lashed out at federal lawmakers for "back-door deal-making" that could have killed a proposed wind-farm project in the waters off Cape Cod, Massachusetts. Fifty-five organizations – representing conservation, labor, industry and investment groups – sent letters to federal lawmakers urging them to vote against an amendment to the Coast Guard reauthorization bill that would have given Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney veto power over the offshore wind farm, which would operate in federal waters in Nantucket Sound.

The amendment, inserted by Bridge-to-Nowhere Alaska Senator Ted Stevens (R) as the innocuously titled "Opinions Regarding Whether Certain Facilities Create Obstructions to Navigation," would have prohibited the Coast Guard from approving the wind-farm project if a "certain governor of an adjacent coastal State makes a written determination" opposing the proposed site.

Romney publicly opposed the wind farm out of concern that it would be visually unattractive. At a time when energy costs are rising and our country is struggling to be less dependent on foreign sources of energy, our government should be working to remove impediments to developing new supply. Governor Romney clearly has his head shoved far up his own ass. Fortunately, his fellow Republicans came to their senses briefly enough to realize that Stevens and Romney are dumbshits.

Click here for more information on the Cape Cod wind farm and Romney's opposition to it.


Cape Codder said...

Isn't this the same project that was vehemently opposed by Senator Ted Kennedy? For consistentcy, do you despise him, too? My recollection is that Governor Romney's opposition was to this specific project on the basis of horrendous economics and serious flaws in the project, rather than any environmental ideology. To project this into "opposes wind power" is a stretch.

Jerome said...

Did you see the part of the banner logo that says "inflamatory statements"?

I have zero affection for Ted Kennedy. Yes, Kennedy made the same fuckin' stupid statements about the projects aesthetic value. But Ted isn't running to be the next leader of the country.

Let me make one thing clear: All politicians who make decisions that negatively affect the health and well being of the planet and its life should be challenged. I"m not a Republican, I'm not a Democrat. I don't consider myself a liberal or a conservative. If the best available science says that a move toward wind power is necessary - and IT DOES - then I believe anyone who ignores those scientific statements is not serving the best interests of the planet or its creatures. I'm a human being who will speak out against anyone I don't agree with. That is my right as an American.