Artist, writer, homemaker. Outspoken individual, politically aligned with Bernie Sanders. (INDEPENDENT - VT). Favorite authors are John Steinbeck and Charles Dickens. Also avid reader of British mysteries. Animal rights advocate.
Can anyone see the irony of Mary Mayhew making any decision regarding mental health?
Claire, The power derived from sea platforms is minimal compared to the loss of the tourism industry and the fishing industry. There is still the same problems with them as inland plus the high powered cable that must be laid in areas which would be off limits to Maine lobstermen (and women), and all who make their living doing one of the most dangerous jobs. Tourism would take a hit. Already those on Monhegan are sick thinking what these giant towers will do both to their fishermen and the tourism money they will lose as an island community. And for what? Maine already exports power. I personally do not want to see puffins and other birds wiped out just so some guy from Massachusetts can have a hot tub on his deck. And as for the sea life like the whales, which communicate by sound, think what it will do to them. Water amplifies sound. The constant thump, thump, thump of the blades - well, we already know what the military underwater sonar does to porpoises and other sea life.
One other thought. In a world of extreme weather with ever increasing storms in both magnitude and numbers, how long will these giant egg beaters last? They have breaks for a reason - when the wind blows too hard, which causes the blades to crumble. How will they stand up to the intensity of a hurricane? Who will be responsible for insuring them in case of damage in shore or on sea? History tells us that business rarely is held fully responsible.
I haven't really done my homework on sea platforms to the extent I have on land-based wind power. I know the new models of land-based towers now will be six or seven hundred feet. Thats a 60 or 70 story building. To me, and I am just speaking personally, these are very intimidating visually and environmentally. I prefer conservation, retrofitting and weatherization of buildings. Think of the jobs created if we, as a state decided to go that route. And hydro and solar, too, of course.
The USA is a war profiteer.