California Offshore Wind One Step Closer To Reality

California Offshore Wind One Step Closer To Reality

The U.S. Navy last week for the first time signaled its willingness to permit offshore wind facilities off the coast of Central California after Congressman U.S. Representative Salud Carbajal, whose coastal district would stand to benefit from nearby offshore wind development, spent months encouraging local, state and federal officials, including DOD, to identify solutions. 

Why This Matters:  The federal Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) had said earlier this year that it could hold an auction for offshore wind lease areas in California this year given the need for vast amounts of renewable power to meet the state’s climate goals.

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Animals Survive Dorian’s Wrath – With A Little Help

Hurricane Dorian’s ripple effects are still being felt – especially when it comes to the pets and wild animals that also found themselves in the path of the storm.  Our partners the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) are on the ground in the Bahamas and partnering with other key stakeholders helping to save the […]

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Pristine Patagonia Oiled in Major Spill

Pristine Patagonia Oiled in Major Spill

At the southernmost tip of South America, ten thousand gallons of diesel fuel spilled into the sea off the coast of Chile’s Patagonia, in one of the most pristine areas of the world.

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Dozens of Pilot Whales Saved From Beaching By Georgia Volunteers

Dozens of Pilot Whales Saved From Beaching By Georgia Volunteers

On Tuesday, according to the Brunswick News, about dozens of short-fin pilot whales emerged in the surf close to shore on St. Simons Island, Georgia and repeatedly attempted to beach themselves, as local citizens and then marine mammal stranding experts pushed them back in the water.

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Defense Department to Study Impacts of Offshore Wind Development on Readiness

Defense Department to Study Impacts of Offshore Wind Development on Readiness

The Defense Department’s annual spending bill currently includes a requirement for a report on the impact of offshore wind’s on national security, and a description of options to mitigate the impacts.  There is similar language in the Interior Department spending bill that urges “thorough consideration and accommodation of all affected interests including national defense, security, environmental, maritime safety, fisheries, and particularly locally affected community concerns.”

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The Blue New Deal  

The Blue New Deal  

I just heard from a longtime friend on the Hill that “soon” Congress will introduce a “Blue New Deal” in both chambers with support from the President and all ocean agencies. Congress and the Administration are joining forces to create a strategic, cost-loaded plan that will address ocean science and technology needs nationwide, bringing together federal agencies with their partners in academia, industry, state and local government, and NGOs to work on key common goals.

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