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Old 12-27-2012, 03:23 PM   #1
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N.C. ocean waters chosen for offshore wind farm
By John Murawski
The News & Observer (Raleigh, N.C.)
Published: Thursday, Dec. 13, 2012 - 4:26 am
Last Modified: Thursday, Dec. 13, 2012 - 5:02 am

N.C. ocean waters chosen for offshore wind farm - Wire Green News - The Sacramento Bee
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Federal authorities on Wednesday announced that about 1,900 square miles of Atlantic Ocean waters are open for building offshore wind farms, making North Carolina the nation’s new energy hotspot for planting forests of whirling turbines in the high seas.

The U.S. Department of Interior identified a combined sector that’s larger than any such previously designated for hosting the 400-foot turbines. Two of the maritime blocks are between Myrtle Beach and Wilmington, while one lies beyond the Outer Banks, across from Kitty Hawk, Nags Head and Manteo.

A host of developers are expected to express interest, setting the stage for a federal lease auction as early as…
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Old 12-27-2012, 03:56 PM   #2
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Shredded sea ducks and fish, anyone?

We're fighting it in NY
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Old 12-27-2012, 07:30 PM   #3
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NIMBY, dammit! I am sitting in Kitty Hawk, admiring my view, about to visit Pea Island Wildlife Refuge, thinking that a wind farm is just what the ambience and migratory birds need to make the experience perfect.
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You forgot REALLY important “tidbits” from the article, “But offshore wind energy remains among the most expensive forms of electricity today, and building a wind farm in the sea has proven an elusive goal in this country… no utility is likely to buy offshore wind power unless it’s required to do so by state regulators or lawmakers….sea waters have been deemed off-limits because an offshore wind project would conflict with military operations, fish habitats, bird migratory patterns, shipping routes and other concerns.” Sooo….. we know their “emissions free” energy source isn’t even close to being “emissions free” since it’s dependent on too many back ups to rattle off. It’s not ecologically responsible yet they’re still pushing for tax payer subsidies while ensuring their new “partners” will get an even higher return on OUR investment by guaranteeing “buyers” for them via a purchase power agreement and there’s no mention of violating the migratory bird treaty act and no mention of us getting stuck paying for the “back-up” power or who will pay for the damage to the ocean floor from the installation of their turbines that have to be “anchored” to withstand “hurricane-force” winds. I just see this like every other BigSolar or BigWind project billed as “sustainable”…. actual costs to the environment and to the tax payers will be kicked down the road to a later date so their “partners” can slither off with all the carbon credits and carbon exchange profits freeing them to move onto their next “emissions-free” project>>>>? To me…. this is just another fine example of why we should be pushing our politicians to make residential solar and wind power available to us…. the little people… who already have roofs and lawns where residential alternative energy could become a reality without ripping up ocean floors and disrupting birds or fragmenting even more habitat.
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turttle> not so lucky you for being 1 of the "chosen" who gets to have that project in their front yard.
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Old 01-12-2013, 07:06 PM   #5
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say it like you mean it, Lib!

We're freaking up here because they, the they that do such things, intend to put those water turbines in the Niagara River and Lake Erie, and the they who are supposed to protect the environment, the waters, the land, the NYS Dept of Environmental Conservation, can't seem to figure out how to say, "No!"

Your conservation departments are toothless. And political.
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