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Last month, RedState reported on the spate of dead whales washing up on beaches in New York and New Jersey. The pace has not slowed, and there now have been 25 reported deaths of the huge animals just since the beginning of December 2022.
Many blame the construction of massive offshore wind turbines, but the federal government insists there’s no connection, with the Marine Mammal Commission, the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM), and the National Ocean Atmospheric Association (NOAA) rejecting the claims.
However, a scientist in Biden’s own administration disagrees. Per Fox Business:
In May 2022, a top NOAA scientist, Sean Hayes, warned of the effects that offshore wind could have on whales, specifically right whales.
Hayes, NOAA’s chief of protected species, wrote the memo addressed to a dozen scientists at NOAA and to the BOEM’s lead biologist Brian Hooker, saying in part, that “the development of offshore wind poses risks to these species [whales]” and that “these risks occur at varying stages, including construction and development, and include increased noise, vessel traffic, habitat modifications, water withdrawals associated with certain substations.”
Hayes also stated that the turbine’s effects “cannot be mitigated for the 30-year lifespan of the project, unless they are decommissioned.”
The report seems to have been largely ignored by the administration. However, mayors, lawmakers, and conservation groups have called for a moratorium on the projects until more study has been done.
Necropsies on the huge beasts show that at least some of them have died as a result of being hit by ships. However, activists contend that the construction noise is confusing the whale’s echolocation systems, and the invasion of their habitat is forcing them to new areas where large ships are more numerous.
Last week I wrote about the bizarre sight of climate celebrity Greta Thunberg chaining herself to the entrance of the Norway Ministry of Energy to protest wind turbine farms there. What’s a green energy activist doing protesting a green energy project? Turns out the reindeer-herding Indigenous Sami think that the sight and sound of 151 huge turbines scare the reindeer and mess up their migration patterns.
It’s becoming more and more apparent that green energy has an environmental cost too. Take lithium batteries, for instance: they power everything from Teslas to cellphones. A main component of these batteries, however, is cobalt, most of which is mined in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and unearthed by what many claim is slave labor.
Remember in the mid-2000s when Greenpeace activists would attack and harass Japanese whaling boats? So far, they have not shown up along the shores of New York or New Jersey to protest the whale deaths regularly occurring on their shores. Must not fit the narrative.
Here’s one of the most recent beachings:
The main takeaway from the dead whales on the East Coast, the heinous conditions in the Congo cobalt mines, and the traumatized reindeer in Norway? Green energy is not so easy.