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Why This Matters: If the waters off Virginia are suitable for wind farms, with their close proximity to ports, naval facilities, and tourism, then it is hard to imagine why wind power can’t be developed in many other areas along the U.S. coast. The U.S. is way behind Europe, which already has 22GW of offshore wind power operating today. Yes. We can do this and not compromise the environment or biodiversity – and even in the midst of a pandemic.
As The Washington Post points out, Dominion Energy is also pushing hard to complete the highly unpopular Atlantic pipeline that is still facing numerous permit battles despite the recent decision by the Supreme Court that allows it to tunnel under the Appalachian Trail in central Virginia’s mountains. Dominion has tried to “rebrand” itself and this wind project is a big part of that effort, as well as high profile promises to close its remaining coal-fired power plants in the coming years. The project is also part of Northam’s effort to make Virginia the leader in offshore wind. Also part of the plan is a $350M proposal to $350 make the Port of Virginia the deepest on the East Coast so that it will be a staging area for assembling the gigantic wind turbines used in this and other East Coast projects. But Baltimore also has ambitions to provide that launchpad for offshore wind in the region.
This week, we have featured this series of videos by the Environmental Defense Fund about the impacts climate change is having on the ocean as observed by the people who live and work there — fishermen and women. Their stories have been compelling and provided a sense of the ways that climate change is harming and shifting global fish stocks.
Why This Matters: On Tuesday, pursuant to President Biden’s climate executive order, NOAA announced: “an agency-wide effort to gather initial public input” on “how to make fisheries, including aquaculture, and protected resources more resilient to climate change.
It’s not just men in the fishing sector who are impacted by climate change, overfishing, and COVID-19 — women are too. Women like Alexia Jaurez of Sonora, Mexico, who is featured in this Environmental Defense Fund video, do the important work of monitoring the catch and the price, and most importantly determining how many more […]
By Ashira Morris, ODP Staff Writer Last summer, Florida created its first aquatic preserve in over 30 years. The Nature Coast Aquatic Preserve protects about 400,000 acres of seagrass just north of Tampa on Florida’s Gulf coast. These are part of the Gulf of Mexico’s largest seagrass bed and borders other existing preserves, creating a […]
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