We must have a say in offshore wind-energy plans
- Jun 29, 2022 4:26 pm GMT
Few dispute the need to develop alternative ways to generate electricity that don't produce greenhouse gases, but our local response to a proposed floating offshore wind farm isn't a straightforward "yes."
Similar complications arise regarding floating wind turbines off the southern
To put these concerns in a historical context, hydropower development in the 20th century in the
Far from being a vast, little-used zone, the current context of offshore development is that many industries and species live in or travel through the proposed wind farm sites. As reported in the Astorian regarding the two locations west of
"Most fishermen, when they head out to go fishing, love to take a left turn and head south. Some of those fishing grounds that are in those two call areas are our prime fishing grounds for a number of fisheries,"
The wind farm north of the
Astoria City Councilor
Aside from economic considerations, it's worth noting that keystone species including blue and fin whales spend time in these
Such a study will be difficult, considering the fact that our outer waters are periodically wracked by violent cyclonic storms for months during the late fall and winter. These storms and the powerful atmospheric rivers that smash into us several times a year will require spectacular feats of engineering for at-sea structures to survive.
Weighed against all this, the
Coastal communities must become fully engaged in understanding these plans. The
Too often in the past, coastal concerns have been bulldozed aside to serve the interests of
So yes, we understand the need for clean power. But if a big chunk of it is going to be built just out of sight on our western horizon, we deserve to have seats at the table where these decisions are being made, and a strong voice in whether they happen at all. We're nobody's peons or colony.
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