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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.
by Jenna Sullivan-Stack, Postdoctoral Scholar, Oregon State University Department of Integrative Biology When preparing for the birth of my son this February, I decided to make him a mobile of some of the things that are most important to me (I am not crafty, so this was a real labor of love). What I ended […]
We are proud to call Dr. Kathy Sullivan a Friend of the Planet and now she can claim to know the planet better than anyone else ever has, and may ever again. This week, Kathy completed a dive to the depths of the bottom of the ocean — the Challenger Deep 35,810-feet down — in […]
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