Offshore Drilling Freeze Gives New Momentum to Wind Power
With the President’s new moratorium on offshore drilling, wind power advocates seized the opportunity to talk about their favorite renewable energy resource. Charles Fishburne has more in this Science Matters report.
Wind power supporters just yesterday released a new national report that up to six gigawatts of Atlantic offshore wind projects are on the drawing board, enough to power about 1.5 million homes, and that wind power has won the support of even some environmentalists.
Lanardo: The report lays out a way to get to having a lot of off-shore wind power, but in ways that are safe.
Tony Lanardo, National Wildlife Federation.
Lanardo: For example, by identifying zones that would have minimal impact on wildlife and yet would provide a lot of abundant clean energy.
The report says that there are 894 wind turbines operating now in Europe, and America is late into the game.
Lanardo: You know, in the U.S., we don't have a single turbine operating off-shore right now.
But advocates say, the freeze on oil and gas leases in the Atlantic could give it new momentum.
Charles Fishburne, WCVE News