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Center for American Progress

RELEASE: The Truth About Offshore Wind: Busting Oil Money Myths and Misinformation
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RELEASE: The Truth About Offshore Wind: Busting Oil Money Myths and Misinformation

Washington, D.C. — With misinformation about offshore wind running rampant online and in state legislatures, a new column from the Center for American Progress aims to debunk the misleading theories and present the facts.

Many of these falsehoods include bombastic stories about dead whales, collapsing tourism economies, and fishery slumps. While these claims are generating headlines and clicks, the truth is simple: Offshore wind is environmentally friendly and compatible with the fishing, tourism, and real estate industries.

“Offshore wind energy is one of the best tools in the country’s transition to clean energy,” said Michael Freeman, a policy analyst for the Conservation Policy team at CAP and author of the column. “It’s a major jobs creator and an important tool in reducing greenhouse gas emissions.”

Among the myths the column debunks:

  • Offshore wind development and construction is not harming whales and dolphins.
  • Offshore turbines will not cause coastal tourism-based economies to decline.
  • Coastal home prices will not decline because of offshore wind farms.
  • Offshore wind farms will not meaningfully affect fishery catch.
  • Wind turbines are not wasteful and have long life spans.

Read the column: “The Truth About Offshore Wind: Busting Oil Money Myths and Misinformation” by Michael Freeman

For more information or to speak with an expert, please contact Sam Hananel at [email protected].

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