For years now, the sanctity of our panoramic ocean views has been touted as reason enough to torpedo offshore wind. This is, unsurprisingly, nonsense.
Wind is a safe, clean and renewable source of energy, but do you know what isn’t? Fossil fuels. If you look closely at the sources of renewable energy misinformation, something tells me that you will find the greasy tentacles of big oil, coal, etc. Their ability to sell you more dinosaur juice is to convince people that renewables are either too heavy, too expensive, or too erratic to satisfy our enormous energy appetite. They do this by convincing Rubes that solar power is causing blackouts in Texas and windmills causing cancer.
Windmills don’t cause cancer unless you stumble upon a radium mill and lick it. Most wind farms are located so far from the sea that there is almost no risk of a wind turbine ruining your view. Climate change is no longer the issue of the future, climate change is here. Unless we do our act together, “Down the Shore” will be Metuchen. You won’t have to worry about smoking bans in Atlantic City as the Baccarat tables will have drifted into international waters. The technology around renewable energies is improving and the costs are falling. Investing in wind and solar is not easy if, like me, you want to keep the ocean as close as possible to its current location.