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Report: Time to Reel in the Benefits of Offshore Wind

PHOTO: Offshore wind turbines in Denmark. Courtesy of NWF.
PHOTO: Offshore wind turbines in Denmark. Courtesy of NWF.
September 13, 2012

BALTIMORE, Md. - Some of the country's most influential environmental groups say it's time for a concerted effort at building and operating wind energy turbines in the Atlantic Ocean - and it will take Maryland and 13 other states cooperating to make it happen. A new report released today by the National Wildlife Federation (NWF), backed by such groups as the Sierra Club and the National Audubon Society, says wind energy will create jobs - up to 300,000 overall, by one estimate.

Catherine Bowes with the NWF says the build-out has to be balanced by a concern for coastal and marine wildlife.

"It comes down to finding the right project locations, ensuring that strong standards and requirements are put on developers to protect wildlife in the process."

While Maryland's shoreline is not ripe for as much development as shores of other Atlantic Coast states, Bowes says, Maryland will benefit from power generated by its nearby New England neighbors - and may possibly see an uptick in manufacturing jobs.

Bowes urges federal, state and local governments to work together and to work fast, now that wind power seems on the verge of acceptance.

"We fundamentally believe that climate change is the single greatest threat facing wildlife here in America and across the globe. As a result, we're firmly committed to advancing clean energy in a responsible way."

The full report is available at

Deborah Courson Smith/Deb Courson Smith, Public News Service - MD