Thursday, December 20, 2007

Lamar's Captain Ahab Quest

Posted By on Thu, Dec 20, 2007 at 11:42 AM

Lamar Alexander, whose crusade to wipe out windmills borders on the monomaniacal, is at it again. This time, as this week's Munday Message from Democratic Party flack Wade Munday chronicles, Alexander championed an amendment to end tax credits for alternative wind energy. It failed miserably by a vote of 79-14, with even Alexander's buddy Bob Corker voting against it. So did Sen. Ted Kennedy, who used to team up with Alexander to tilt at windmills. Both senators own property on Massachusetts' Nantucket Island where a wind energy project has been proposed offshore. In 2005, the Senate slam-dunked their bill to cripple the wind power industry. Now, even Kennedy apparently is too embarrassed to keep up the fight. Not Alexander. He won't give up. He just hates windmills. In a 2005 speech, he said, "These wind turbines are not your grandmother's windmills, gently pumping water from the farm well." No, the senator fumed, painting a frightening picture of flashing, red monsters in our midst, "just one of these giant wind turbines" ... "would rise to more than twice the height of the highest skybox" in the mammoth Neyland Stadium. "Its rotor blades would stretch almost from 10-yard line to 10-yard line. And on a clear night, its flashing red lights could be seen for 20 miles." We're beginning to worry about Lamar's mental state.

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