Wind Energy Fans Try To Drum Up Support For Bill

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (WJZ) — Backers of wind energy are turning to global warming to heat up support for a bill currently before the state legislature.

Alex DeMetrick reports that effort prompted an unusual demonstration.

It wasn’t the warmest weather to go wading in the bay and large cutouts of the ferris wheel in Ocean City, the State House in Annapolis and the Domino’s Sugar plant in Baltimore are hardly beach toys.  But members of the Chesapeake Climate Action Network did it “to represent the threat of global warming and sea level rise,” said Mike Tidwell.

Supporters of building wind farms off Maryland’s coast are hoping global warming and rising sea levels will convince legislators to back technology that does not produce the greenhouse gases fossil fuels do.

“Maryland is one of the most vulnerable states to global warming because we have 3,000 miles of tidal shorelines, so we’re just as vulnerable as Florida and Louisiana,” Tidwell said.

Maryland’s greenhouse gas emissions are a tiny fraction of the global output, but supporters don’t see wind power as a small step for Maryland.

“Maryland wind farms by themselves will not stop global warming, but if we don’t start building wind farms, why should anyone else?  We have the most to lose,” Tidwell said.

Wind farms off the Maryland coast have the support of Governor Martin O’Malley, as well as a rare alliance between environmentalists and steel workers, who see the huge turbines as a job creator.

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  • Aaron Bloch

    whos gona pay for them. the costs in building & maintaining them far outweigh the benefits, not to mention the ecological interferance that all the enviromentalists are always whining about, except when it furthers their agenda.

  • Tom350

    Costs? The Army Corps of Engineers found that the offshore wind park planned for Massachusetts will prevent 12 premature deaths, 200 emergency room visits, and 5,000 asthma attacks a year by displacing downright-dirty fossil fuels! A Harvard University professor found the planned park in Delaware would save $1 BILLION in health costs. Yes offshore wind power costs more than fossil fuel right now, while we subsidize the nasty fuels with our children’s health and future. BUT fossil fuel prices DOUBLED in the last decade. If that happens again, we’ll be saving money from offshore wind as a stable rate can be locked in for TWENTY FIVE YEARS. If fossil fuel rates stay the same, we’ll all share $1.44-$2.35/month to bring offshore wind to the state, but looking at the gas pump, do you think fossil fuel rates will stay the same? And regardless, would you pay $1.44-$2.35 to reduce the suffering of your child with asthma?

    • DB

      Wind plants have no effective capacity, therefore, no traditional power plants will close. Despite the installation of many thousands of turbines around the world, no coal plants have closed.

      Index the tax credits to perfomance and no one will even propose to build them.

    • Chris

      Everyone wants the cheap way out instead of doing what is right. The new American way.

  • KottaMan

    Before a whole bunch of you folks salivate about how much these windmills will clean the air in the MD-DE-Philly area, know this fact. The vast majority of pollution here comes from Ohio and Indiana with all of their older coal-burning power plants. The prevailing winds merely carry their air to the East coast. If every kw of electric in the middle Atlantic area was generated by every other means except fossil fuels, we still could not have clean air here.

  • Doug

    The Gulf Oil Spill last year and now the nuclear disaster in Japan following the earthquake and tsunami means we need to make a move towards weaning ourselves off of fossil fuels. We need to do our part to keep the air clean, no matter what happens in Ohio or Indiana. But, the faster we move to build offshore wind farms, the faster some of those old coal-burning power plants will close. The costs in building and maintaining them may seem expensive on the surface, but will spur job creation since wind farm components are huge and expensive to transport long distances. It is a win-win-win-win for MD’s environment, economy, its power-generating capacity, and its citizens’ health.

    • DB

      Find one coal plant, anywhere in the world, that has closed as a result of wind or solar.

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