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Offshore Wind Agenda Still Has Some Bight

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Offshore Wind Agenda Still Has Some Bight

The Wall Street Journal April 27, 2021
Energy & EnvironmentTechnology / Infrastructure

The Biden administration plows ahead with development in an area between New York and New Jersey.

The Biden administration isn’t bowing to all local opposition to offshore wind development (“Railing Against the Wind,” Review & Outlook, April 21). Although the wealthy residents of the Hamptons succeeded in preventing offshore wind farms from spoiling their ocean views, the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management intends to sink all opposition to development in the New York-New Jersey Bight, a roughly triangular area bordered by New Jersey and Long Island.

In December 2020, the Interior Department’s Office of the Solicitor issued a detailed ruling that commercial fisheries’ interests must be considered when siting offshore wind. But in March the Biden administration rescinded that ruling. The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management intends to ignore fisheries’ interests, even though the Bight is home to some of the most productive fisheries in the world and is a migratory route for endangered right whales.

Continue reading the entire piece here at The Wall Street Journal (paywall)

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Jonathan A. Lesser, PhD, is the president of Continental Economics, an economic consulting firm, and an adjunct fellow with the Manhattan Institute.

Photo by JUNG YEON-JE/AFP via Getty Images

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