Letter to the Editor

(Printed 1/17/2020)

Editor, 

Wind testimony that is not permitted on Saturday, Jan. 18: The debate is over! The data is clear. The planet is warming and sea levels are rising. 

Greenhouse gasses are the culprit and human excessive use of fossil fuels are the cause. For every gallon of gasoline burned, almost 20 pounds of CO2 (The most abundant greenhouse gas) is released into our atmosphere. 

The last time there was this much CO2 in our atmosphere was over 2.6 million years ago and the average worldwide temperature was 3-4 degrees centigrade higher and sea levels were over 20 feet higher. 

Climate experts tell us that the future of our civilization demands us to reach “Carbon Neutrality” by 2050. 

How is this done? We must immediately pursue a “Just transition” to 100 percent renewable energy. 

Reduce by 7.6 percent greenhouse gas emissions each year from now to 2030 is the target we must reach. 

The immediate development of offshore wind is one of the critical pathways toward a just transition to the clean renewable energy required. The purchase of “Carbon offsets” is another pathway toward the carbon neutrality goal.

The honest pursuit of the goals of carbon neutrality is becoming the economic foundation for “Generation Z”. Our willingness to abandon the economic “Status Quo” is the indicator of hope for our future. 

Young people are eager for the life opportunities that a carbon neutrality goal promises. 

Why Ocean City leaders do not see the hope and promise offshore wind development will provide for visitors to the finest coastal resort on the East Coast has been a hard question to answer. 

Actually, younger people see the deny/delay strategy pursued by Ocean City town leaders as counterproductive toward being an attractive resort and thus to their economic growth goals. 

Actually, it appears the Ocean City Mayor and Council policies really only represent a very small segment of wealthy property owners and largely the interests of the fossil fuel industry that clean renewable energy development threatens. 

Our future depends on the development of offshore wind!

Larry Ryan 

Berlin

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