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Granholm ‘all in’ on wind farms days after dismissing potential risks for whale population

Last year, a scientist in the Biden administration sounded the alarm on how wind farms could threaten the species.

Published: May 5, 2023 11:38am

Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm is doubling down on her agency's efforts to expand offshore wind turbine development, just a few days after the DOE dismissed concerns over such projects as "misinformation." 

In a Tweet Thursday afternoon, Granholm linked to a Miami Herald article on the future of wind farming, captioning that her department is “all in for going with the wind.”

Granholm continued, "Over time, wind turbine resources have increased in size – ultimately boosting power production. To achieve a net-zero carbon future, we've got to enhance production and deploy these energy sources."

The commitment to ramping wind-turbine production comes less than a week after the agency issued a statement addressing a concern that offshore wind projects are killing whales as a result of their vibrations and other related sounds.

The department, in response, says there is "no evidence" to substantiate such alleged connections, calling them "misinformation," despite a top Biden administration scientist suggesting the opposite:

"The development of offshore wind poses risks to these species," the scientist wrote in the memo. "Additional noise, vessel traffic, and habitat modifications due to offshore wind development will likely cause added stress that could result in additional population consequences to a species that is already experiencing rapid decline."

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