UPDATE. Another story about the carnage of marine life in the North Sea.
LAST month the House of Lords Environment Committee heard evidence about the effects of offshore windfarms on the marine environment. The hearing was notable for revealing signs of concern from the RSPB about the devastation that is potentially going to be unleashed on the North Sea, a crime in which they have been complicit because of their silence up until now. Perhaps, after all these years, they are getting close to confronting the evidence of the harm their support for windfarms has done to birds.
The North Sea, RSPB policy officer Helen Quayle told the committee, is ‘littered with cabling from energy infrastructure’, going on to explain that this is a big problem for sandeels, a keystone species which is a staple food for many birds and other fish.
Something new but when are the greens ever going to be sincere about the environment?
Renowned for their acutely sensitive hearing in the lower frequency register, the long-distance communication between Africa’s elephants is being drowned out by an increasing number of these things being plastered across the African savanna.
Wind turbine noise in Kansas disrupted the nesting patterns of Greater Prairie Chickens, which fled and abandoned their nests to escape the daily sonic torture these things generate: Wind Turbine Noise Causes Greater Prairie Chicken Run
Sonically sensitive bees are being wiped out en masse next to wind turbines operating in Korea: Beeline to Fury
Not to mention the whales and other marine life when their habitat is invaded by offshore wind turbines.
Massive plans are being implemented to spend billions of taxpayers money on thousands of wind turbines on the New England and mid-Atlantic coast. The fisher men see a threat to their livelihood and the destruction of the marine environment.
The most recent example is the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management’s (BOEM) decision to fast-track offshore leases to wind energy companies in the New York Bight — a 16,000 square mile triangular area off the coast between Long Island and New Jersey, where Govs. Andrew Cuomo and Phil Murphy want to construct at least 18,000 MW of wind.
BOEM also is supposed to consider the cumulative impacts of building thousands of offshore wind turbines and the Draft EIS admitted there is little research on those cumulative impacts, it is nevertheless full steam ahead for Vineyard Wind and the projects that the Cuomo and Murphy administrations intend to build in the Bight.
Those cumulative impacts may be irreversible. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration researchers don’t know how decades of construction will affect the migration of fish and endangered right whales, whose population is estimated to be fewer than 400. Nor do they know the cumulative impacts on migratory seabirds and other wildlife.
According to NOAA, the commercial value of the New England and Middle Atlantic fisheries was almost $2 billion in 2018 and provided over 700 million pounds of fish and shellfish. That’s a lot of food. The industry also supports thousands of jobs. But like green energy mandates for corn-based ethanol that have raised food prices, the loss of seafood and jobs pales in comparison to the importance of appeasing Big Wind.