In 2020, NJ Gov. Phil Murphy declared, “Offshore wind is a once in-a-generation opportunity to not only protect our environment, but also greatly expand our state economy in a way that has immediate impacts and paves the way for long-term growth.”
This remains to be seen.
The following is a Letter to the Editor published in the The Star-Ledger:
Last month, the federal government gave the go-ahead for New Jersey’s first offshore wind farm to begin construction, about 13 miles off the coast of Atlantic City.
Orsted, the Danish wind energy company that will build, own and operate the wind farm, states it will move forward once all federal and state permits are obtained.
At least three more wind farms might be built along the New Jersey coast, Ultimately, over 100 turbines could be visible from the beaches of Atlantic City and Ocean City.
Climbing on President Joe Biden’s “green bus,” our governor has set 2035 as a target for New Jersey to be using carbon-free energy sources such as wind in the global warming battle he is personally waging.
We believe reports that the impact of windmill farms is negative rather than positive.
Land-based wind farms have been used in America for several years. Research shows they can increase global warming by raising surface temperatures of the ground beneath them at night, thus causing the Earth to dry out.
Also, the whine of the turbines confuses bats’ radar systems, and they get killed flying into the blades. Bats are the farmer’s friends, as they eat insects.
Fishing industry officials believe offshore windmills are detrimental to their livelihoods, eliminating jobs and damaging equipment used to fish safely as well as boats’ navigation equipment for inclement weather.
Of course, we are concerned about marine life here in New Jersey, as well as other unknown effects on our environment.
But, is Murphy seeking to be a hero in his quest to make our state a leader in sourcing and implementing carbon-free energy, regardless of how it impacts the state’s economy?
We believe he surely is on track to turn the ocean into an industrial power plant.
Lisa Fabrizio, Linden, and Patricia Quattrocchi, Clark.