Letter — Reader stresses import of offshore wind


Editor:

Thank you for the excellent article on offshore wind possibilities in Delaware.

Staff writer Laura Walter did a great job of covering “the waterfront” on this issue (“Wind power reality: People learn as government decides,” July 27, 2018).

I’m all for offshore wind power in Delaware, mainly because it is one step in addressing climate change, along with solar power, energy efficiency and electric cars, but I also like the idea that it will create jobs locally. We need to get going on offshore wind, as we are in competition with neighboring states.

I love the way these wind turbines look. They utilize the same concepts as wind-powered sailboats, which everybody loves to see. Those who complain about the possible impact on the view should realize that people who come to the beach come to splash in the water, bathe in the sun and laugh with their friends. They don’t waste time squinting at the horizon.

If they are concerned about ugliness, think of the ugly tankers offshore. Think of the noisy planes dragging ugly signs advertising bars, etc. In spite of this and other ugliness, like Speedos on heavy guys, people still love the beach. Wind turbines will upset very few once they are installed.

We need to protect our beaches from sea-level rise, caused by a combination of climate change and land subsidence.

The best way to curb climate change is to put a price on carbon pollution. The power of the market says that we will buy less of products, like coal and other carbon fuels, if they cost more.

The money raised from a fee on carbon should be given back to every American family as a dividend that can be used to pay for energy-saving solar on their homes, insulation, energy-efficient refrigerators and other appliances, electric cars — all of which will save money for households. Or it can be used to pay the higher price of these carbon fuels. This system will nudge us all to use fewer carbon fuels.

This proposal is called “carbon fee and dividend,” and it is promoted by conservative icons like Bush Administration leaders including Jim Baker and George Schultz, as well as the Citizens’ Climate Lobby and other bi-partisan environmental groups.

Here in Lower Delaware, we are reaching out to civic leaders and the public to share this approach and build public support for climate action.

Charlie Garlow, Co-Chair

Citizens’ Climate Lobby of Lower Delaware