Offshore wind seems to be making great strides in New Jersey. Preparations began in April
off Atlantic City for what might become the nation's first completed offshore wind-generated power project. Then in July the State Senate passed a bill
that, if approved by the governor, would grant millions of dollars in tax credits to companies looking to construct wind turbines off the New Jersey coast.
However, we were rudely reminded again this week that not everybody is on board with making New Jersey the offshore wind leader. Some people, it seems, conveniently support offshore wind turbines when they can't see them, but once plans emerge which would put them in their neighborhood, they decide to oppose it.
A federally-funded project would put a brand-new 406-foot wind turbine at New Jersey-owned National Guard Training Center in the town of Sea Girt. On Wednesday, "the Sea Girt Borough Council unanimously passed a resolution
objecting to the federally funded project." Opponents from the upscale shore community believe the turbine will hurt property values and, if you can believe it, pose a risk to the environment!
It would seem that these environmentalists just aren't sure what part of the environment they should want to protect. When plans are put forth to put wind turbines in their neighborhood, they conveniently start to care about bird migration patterns.
Thankfully, "the state Military and Veterans Affairs Department says construction may begin next fall if permits are approved."