Republicans fighting offshore wind in New Jersey had a chance to prove their concern for whales was genuine. They failed.
Thank you for your coverage of this important topic. I know it’s exhausting, but could you possibly reply to Mr TBM who is spreading disinfo above? 😱😬🤢 You’re such a pro at that.
Emily, I'm a paid subscriber under firstname.lastname@example.org. Can your team please switch me over to email@example.com so I get it more easily. Great post on whales, by the way. I do the HOT GLOBE substack.
Apropos of nothing, as a New Jersey Jerseyan, I saw the title and immediately thought, "Oh, great -- what did we do now?"
If Republicans support anything at this point, I'm automatically suspicious. It's sad to me that it's come to that but, welp, here we are...................
Thank you again for your super hard work, Emily. Keep exposing the liars--You and Judd Legum are the best at that!
New Jerseyoid here, and I missed the hearing but am glad to find out more about this, because oh boy have the anti-wind voices been loud on this one, including at least one astorturf group that pretends to care about whales but mostly bangs on about wanting to stop any and all wind projects.
One "coincidence" deserves mention. Whale deaths on NJ beaches seem to have increased most during the last few years, since the Bayonne Bridge was replaced with a taller span, enabling a much larger ships to enter into the port of NY, typically transiting off the NJ coast.
I liked the "I'm pissed off and I'm not going to take it anymore." attitude from the NJ DEP guy. As an Garden State refugee in the mellow hills of CO, I get a bit of grief for similar attitude at times. I also read his point of "Show up physically in SUPPORT of the things that you care about." as calling on the climate community to be less reticent in support of "industrial" solar and wind, etc., and not get cold feet from every "concern" that comes up.
Great article and I didn't realize boats hitting whales was such a problem. Reading further it seems like it also affects sea turtles as well.
Any pushback to stop the total waste of effort in using wind or solar is worthwhile and justified.... roll on when we have a full change in government in western nations that will follow a better path.