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Did You Know That There Windmills in the Ocean?

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Thanks to my son, who is considering a career in environmental science, I’ve taken up a new and very interesting book: Speed & Scale: An Action Plan for Solving Our Climate Crisis Now. As I am learning the dynamics of this complicated dilemma, I thought I might take the opportunity to invite more of us into the conversation.

Did you know that there are now Offshore Windmills? Yes, the windmills that California is very accustomed to seeing on long stretches of highway and over hilltops, are now being built to stand in ocean waters. This was first designed and implemented off the coast of Denmark in 1991 and has expanded to many off the coasts of Europe. The U.S.A. initiated its first offshore wind farm in 2016. This was news to me and fascinating to a beach lover like myself and I have yet to see such a thing.

The Block Island Wind Farm, off the shore of Rhode Island, now lowers carbon dioxide emissions by 40,000 tons per year which is the equivalent of taking 150,000 cars off the road. I’m not in Rhode Island, and certainly can’t speak for its residents. I can appreciate the objection to disturbing the view of the ocean horizon and we must acknowledge we are in desperate need of climate intervention. Take a listen to the 9 min PBS report in the link below and become more informed.

Stay tuned.

Building the first US Off Shore Wind Farm: Check out the video here!


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