Republicans downstate, and well everywhere really, as is their practice, are spreading their lies and misinformation about offshore wind. If you support renewable energy and fighting climate change, then Offshore Wind is one of the most viable technologies to deliver us from carbon based energy. And to fight against Republican lies, we need you to send a letter to our elected officials by clicking on this link.
That link takes you to a letter writing campaign that will send letters to Senators Coons and Carper, Governor Carney, DNREC Secretary Garvin, Congresswoman Blunt Rochester, and your local state Representative and Senator. There is a draft letter ready for you to sign, but you are encourage to add your own personal flair to it.
You can use some of the information below:
Senator Hocker is telling people that the project will cost Delaware money (completely false), dig up the beach (also completely false), and pose a public and environmental health problem (again, you guessed it, false).
Additional facts from the Sierra Club:
1) FALSE: The Skipjack offshore wind project will ruin the view from Delaware beaches and hurt our tourism industry.
TRUE: The view from the beach during the peak tourism months will be preserved due to the curvature of the earth and the haze formed by naturally occurring humidity at the beach. Studies and reality have shown that tourism and property values are unaffected, even when wind turbines are located closer to the beach than those currently proposed off the coast of Delaware.
2) FALSE: Wind turbines are going to hurt the coastal vacation property market.
TRUE: The study that CRI uses as proof of this actually stated that not only are wind farms supported by the majority of those surveyed, but they went on to say, “Our results also show that if turbines are built further than eight miles from shore, the visual impacts diminish substantially for many survey respondents and it is unlikely the turbines would negatively impact coastal vacation property markets.” That’s right, every statistic CRI declared based on this study is completely false. Based on this report, at 18 miles from the shore, there will be no vacation property market related to the project.
3) FALSE: Ratepayers will pay more for their electricity.
TRUE: Delaware ratepayers will not be purchasing the energy from this wind farm, and the average cost to purchase electricity is currently 7.28 cents a kWh, not the 3.5 cents that CRI claimed. Furthermore, if Delaware were to build a wind farm off the coast, research from a professor at the University of Delaware shows that ratepayers could actually pay less than the current rate if the farm was large enough to meet demand.
4) FALSE: The wind farm projects will have no positive environmental impact.
TRUE: The study that CRI sites in their propaganda states, multiple times, that tens of thousands of tons of CO2 will be saved by producing just the two currently debated wind farms alone. With the addition of other wind farms coming online in other states, this number is likely to be increased exponentially in the coming years.