Zipf stated that Clean Ocean Action isn’t opposed to offshore wind. The group is concerned about the size and scope of the proposed projects. It describes it as the industrialization or the destruction of the coastline.
Instead, she suggested pilot-scale projects to observe the real impact on marine wildlife. This would still be less than the Ocean Wind project, a joint venture between PSEG and Danish company rsted. Instead, she cited Fishermans Energy’s far smaller proposal to build six turbines offshore Atlantic City.
Zipf stated that we supported Fishermans Energy because it was a pilot-scale project. The proposal was supported by more than a decade of work by the organization of commercial fishing businesses.
She said that most people are now aware of the dangers of climate changes and that renewable energy must be part of the future. She argued that the ocean should not be sacrificed. She described the ocean, which absorbs large amounts of temperature change and significant amounts of carbon, as a vital buffer against climate change.
Instead, she emphasized energy conservation and smaller-scale solutions like rooftop solar panels and increasing land-based green energy options.
She stated that the buildup along the coast will also have other effects, such as more development and increased population.