Blowing In The Wind
The proposal to build a 300-megawatt wind farm 10 miles off our shore gives the Rockaway community an opportunity to bargain to help our country, our community and ourselves. Wind power is clean and renewable. From Breezy Point to Far Rockaway we know how persistent the ocean breeze is.
Other communities have successfully opposed off shore wind farms. I believe that we would be mistaken to do likewise. We must however insist that our best environmentalists, engineers and community leaders are involved in the environmental planning from the beginning to the end.
We must demand that all involved levels of government cooperate to maintain the quality of life in our community. The Congress is allowing the ban on offshore oil drilling to expire. We must demand that no oil drilling be allowed anywhere near our shore.
Scientists, engineers and technicians will be needed to develop efficient methods of production, delivery and use of energy. We should have a
federally supported academy to train these people. Thefederal government has said that we will not qualify for beach replenishment funds in the future. Maintenance of our beaches is the least we should expect. Mass transit reduces the need for energy used in transportation. Improved mass transit should have been provided years ago.
Our next administration is more likely to be interested in renewable energy than our current president. We can ask for their cooperation in getting community approval for a good plan.
Several years ago, representatives of Florida Power and Light appeared to sell approval of a new oil powered electric power plant in Bayswater. I asked them why they were not building a plant using wind or tidal power. They said that they would like to do so, but no one asked them to do so. Now that this idea is on the agenda, I hope that they will be given an opportunity to do so.