Frequent Grist contributor Bill McKibben has a column in today’s NYT saying that environmentalists should get behind wind energy. He is sympathetic to some enviros’ objections and rather gentle toward them.

I fully agree with McKibben, but I can’t say I share his sympathy.

Oil and gas exploration is ravaging the American West. The nuclear industry is resurgent. And oh yeah, the globe is frying.

If environmentalists take global warming seriously, and expect others to take it seriously, maybe they shouldn’t become bitchy provincialists the minute you want to build a wind turbine that impedes the scenic view off the back porches of their vacation homes.

So Ted Kennedy? Shut up.

(Speaking of wind, there’s breaking news on the hotly contested Cape Cod wind farm. Looks like the NIMBYs may win after all.)