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Sun Dec 2, 2012, 05:03 PM

US government announces opening of Atlantic coast for offshore wind farms

US government announces opening of Atlantic coast for offshore wind farms

Department of the interior will offer lease sales on areas off coasts of Rhode Island, Massachusetts and Virginia

The Obama administration has for the first time opened up large areas off the Atlantic Coast for offshore wind farms.

The department of the interior said it was proposing to offer competitive lease sales on some 278,000 acres, or about 432 square miles, off the coasts of Rhode Island, Massachusetts and Virginia. The sale is expected to go ahead in the first half of 2013.

"Wind energy along the Atlantic holds enormous potential, and today we are moving closer to tapping into this massive domestic energy resource to create jobs, increase our energy security and strengthen our nation's competitiveness in this new energy frontier," the interior secretary, Ken Salazar, said in a statement.

If any turbines do actually go up, they would constitute the first offshore wind projects in the US. Over the last few years vast wind farms, with hundreds of turbines, have been built across the country although wind power still makes up only 3% of energy use. However, the wind industry is expected to slow down or even come to a halt at the end of the year, with the expiry of tax credits.

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http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2012/dec/01/us-government-offshore-wind-farms-atlantic

Harnessing the wind off the Atlantic Coast
http://www.americanprogress.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/10/RER_AtlanticCoast.pdf

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ProSense Dec 2012 OP
WinkyDink Dec 2012 #1
ProSense Dec 2012 #2
JaneyVee Dec 2012 #3
ProSense Dec 2012 #4
Warren DeMontague Dec 2012 #6
ProSense Dec 2012 #5
Warren DeMontague Dec 2012 #7

Response to ProSense (Original post)

Sun Dec 2, 2012, 05:17 PM

1. There go the migratory birds! BBBBRRRRTTT!

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Response to WinkyDink (Reply #1)

Sun Dec 2, 2012, 05:24 PM

2. Maybe we should stick with BP? n/t

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Response to WinkyDink (Reply #1)

Sun Dec 2, 2012, 05:26 PM

3. Darwin

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Response to JaneyVee (Reply #3)

Sun Dec 2, 2012, 05:30 PM

4. Job creation:

Massive offshore wind project could generate 70,000 new jobs

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This doesnt include the jobs that will be created at gas stations as anti-wind activists drive up and down the coast protesting children.

http://grist.org/news/massive-offshore-wind-project-could-generate-70000-new-jobs/



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Response to WinkyDink (Reply #1)

Sun Dec 2, 2012, 06:54 PM

6. Whereas if the planet keeps getting warmer, they won't need to migrate.

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Response to ProSense (Original post)

Sun Dec 2, 2012, 06:48 PM

5. Kick! n/t

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Sun Dec 2, 2012, 06:54 PM

7. Excellent.

Every bit helps.

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