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Wind Farms Still Under Environmental Review at the Interior Department
Apparently permitting for offshore wind is one NEPA/permitting process the President has not waived. The fishing industry has been lobbying the Administration hard for many waivers and exceptions to regulations for their own operations — things like lifting the restrictions on fishing in the NE Canyons and Seamounts Marine National Monument, which Trump did last week, and having no observers onboard fishing vessels. But regarding wind farms, the Interior Department is taking a “robust” look at the environmental impacts of wind energy and will “incorporate new information, such as additional state offshore wind targets” based on “stakeholder input.”
Coast Guard Sides With Energy Producers
According to Court House News, the Coast Guard said they had received “various comments … concerning navigation corridors,” including from groups that had asked for navigation corridors between 2 and 4 nm in width. But the Coast Guard concluded that the larger corridors would “actually provide far less area than the numerous corridors that result from the recommended array and spacing.” They found that the industry’s proposed grid pattern would result in the functional equivalent by creating more numerous navigation corridors that can safely accommodate both transits through and fishing within the wind farm area.
On Friday, the Energy Department announced it will provide more than $120m in funding to create “coal products innovation centers… [that] …will focus on manufacturing value-added, carbon-based products from coal, as well as developing new methods to extract and process rare earth elements and critical minerals from coal.”
Why This Matters: Coal innovation is an oxymoron or maybe just moronic – and certainly a dubious investment.
Tesla has announced that on September 15 — “Battery Day” — the company will reveal details about its “million mile” battery. Two weeks ago, in an interview with Bloomberg, the Chairman of the Chinese company that will make the battery for Tesla, Contemporary Amperex Technology Limited or “CATL” said they are ready to build the […]
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