As I’m sure most Clark County residents know by now, we were recently treated to a visit by Robert F. Kennedy Jr. who spoke before attendees at the second annual Southwest Washington Sustainability Conference this past Thursday evening, held at the Vancouver Convention Center.
Kennedy, a self styled resolute defender of the environment visited our fair city to lambaste us on the environment and charge President Bush as “the worst on environmental issues of any president we’ve had in our history.”
Kennedy told the audience, many of who paid over $300 to attend, “Americans [can] save the environment by unleashing the power of the free market.” Kennedy, one of the heirs to the vast Kennedy family fortune claimed, “There’s no stronger advocate for free-market capitalism than myself.”
He went on to compare “naysayers” to the Global Warming farce to “slave traders” in Britain over 200 years ago. He then went on to glorify the Industrial Revolution that expanded our economies after the abolition of slavery, apparently unaware that the very Industry he glorified depends heavily upon the very fuels, coal and oil, to fuel their output.
Ironic that he would state, “We don’t need to abolish carbon to understand it is the principal drag on American capitalism. We could be creating jobs in this country that can’t be outsourced,” in regards to alternative energy sources currently being explored by many.
Ironic because it is none other than Robert F. Kennedy Jr. who rails against coal use for generating electricity, yet opposes a windfarm in his own back yard in Nantucket Sound claiming it would cost twice as much as gas fired electricity, but also because, if you read between the lines, it would spoil his view and his private boating pleasure time, as well as other wealthy residents of the area.
Kennedy joins a growing list of hypocrites who advocate us giving up pleasures and lifestyle for the environment, while they lavish themselves in wasteful luxury at our expense. It is okay to erect such forms of electrical generation in our back yards, but not the back yard of the Royal Family of Kennedy!
How many “free market jobs” would be gained building 130 windmills and maintaining them?
“These turbines are less than six miles from shore and would be seen from Cape Cod, Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket. Hundreds of flashing lights to warn airplanes away from the turbines will steal the stars and nighttime views. The noise of the turbines will be audible onshore. A transformer substation rising 100 feet above the sound would house giant helicopter pads and 40,000 gallons of potentially hazardous oil.”
He then goes on to claim,
“According to the Massachusetts Historical Commission, the project will damage the views from 16 historic sites and lighthouses on the cape and nearby islands. The Humane Society estimates the whirling turbines could every year kill thousands of migrating songbirds and sea ducks.”
But, views and migrating birds in other regions won’t have to give up something?
The Oregonian tells us of this visit, “RFK son faults Bush’s environmental practices,” neglecting that the Court Rejects Bush’s Signature Air Pollution Rule, angering some environmentalists who sided with President Bush on this act.
Frank O’Donnell, president of Clean Air Watch, who has been critical of the Bush administration in the past, supported this effort by President Bush to clean up the air back east, possible even in Kennedy’s own back yard.
Mr. O’Donnell said, “This is without a doubt the worst news of the year when it comes to air pollution.”
Yet, Kennedy would have us believe that it was Bush who abolished the central provision of the Clean Air Act, three years ago, making it ineffective!
Not wasting any effort at bashing President Bush and conservatives, Kennedy even invoked the need of the Fairness Doctrine saying, “We’re the best-entertained and least-informed people on the face of the Earth.”
Yet, who is it that stifles any honest discussion or evidence against their precious scam of Global Warming? You guessed it, Kennedy and his fellow environmentalist hypocrites! They do not want you informed, they want you indoctrinated in their view and their view only. They want you to give up liberty and freedom while they keep theirs.
Don’t be fooled by these people. It is not saving the planet they want, but Control of the planet.
I wouldn’t doubt that Kennedy, like other environmentalists and Democrats who champion us giving up our lifestyles and paying taxes or “carbon credits” to them, flew into PDX by a fuel drinking private jet, lavishly laid out for maximum comfort to him and the few people who may have flew with him.
I wouldn’t be a bit surprised if he arrived at the Convention Center by luxurious SUV or limousine too.