Friday, October 22, 2021

Play

Some states entice people back to the workplace by increasing safety standards and higher minimum wage; Bannon held in Contempt of Congress; and the latest cyber security concerns.

Play

House votes to hold Bannon in contempt of Congress; Trump announces new social media platform TRUTH Social; and the Biden administration says it will continue to expel migrants under Title 42.

Play

An all-Black Oklahoma town joins big cities in seeking reparations; a Kentucky vaccination skeptic does a 180; telehealth proves invaluable during pandemic; and spooky destinations lure tourists at Halloween.

Report: Time to Reel in the Benefits of Offshore Wind

Play

Thursday, September 13, 2012   

PORTLAND, Maine - 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 off the coast of Maine and 13 other states. A new report from the National Wildlife Federation, backed by such groups as the Sierra Club and the National Audubon Society, says it will help stave off climate change, which they consider the major threat to living creatures, and turbines also will create jobs - up to 300,000 overall, by one estimate.

Dylan Voorhees with the Natural Resources Council of Maine says Maine cities, especially ports and coastal cities, are primed to benefit.

"We can be manufacturing turbines or parts, or even manufacturing the vessels that work on installation or maintenance."

The deep water off Maine's coast may spur development of tethered, floating wind turbines, which could ranger farther offshore and catch higher winds. The report says federal, state and local governments need to work together and to work fast, now that wind power seems on the verge of acceptance.

The coast of Maine offers different wind power possibilities from other Atlantic coast states, Voorhees says.

"With deep water offshore wind, you have the ability to have a little bit more distance, have a little bit more flexibility, and you really have a pretty large ocean. We're optimistic that we can find the places to do it right."

Catherine Bowes with the National Wildlife Federation says wind power developments must be carefully sited to minimize the impact on coastal and marine wildlife.

"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."

Offshore wind turbines operate in 12 overseas countries, but not a single one has been built off of U.S. shores.

The full report is available at www.nwf.org/offshorewind.


get more stories like this via email

California has collected more than 600 tons of unwanted prescription drugs since the Take-Back Day program began in 2010. (Dodgerton Skillhause/Morguefile)

Health and Wellness

SACRAMENTO, Calif. - Saturday is National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day, when the Drug Enforcement Administration encourages everyone to clean out …


Health and Wellness

BALTIMORE - This month marks the four-year anniversary of the #MeToo movement, and an art project aims to help incarcerated survivors heal by telling …

Social Issues

OGDEN, Utah - Utah is one of only a handful of states that taxes food, but one state legislator says taxing groceries should become a thing of the …


In a new poll, 71% of all registered voters support strengthening rules to reduce oil and gas methane pollution, including 73% of Independents and 50% of Republicans. (Adobe Stock)

Environment

CASPER, Wyo. - A strong majority of voters across party lines say they want national rules similar to those passed in Wyoming to reduce methane …

Health and Wellness

ARLINGTON, Va. - Although COVID-19 rates have gone down, the virus continues to hit the Hispanic community especially hard. Now, a new campaign aims …

Child-care advocates say if North Dakota doesn't boost funding for the system, more families might pull out of the workforce because of access issues. (Adobe Stock)

Social Issues

BISMARCK, N.D. - A portion of American Rescue Plan funding sent to North Dakota has yet to be divvied up. Groups that want to improve the child-care …

Social Issues

PITTSBURGH - As businesses across the country deal with a massive labor shortage, Pennsylvania aims to entice people back to the workplace by …

Environment

ALBANY, N.Y. - Environmental groups want Gov. Kathy Hochul to sign a bill that mandates monitoring the state's drinking water for "emerging …

 

Phone: 303.448.9105 Toll Free: 888.891.9416 Fax: 208.247.1830 Your trusted member- and audience-supported news source since 1996 Copyright 2021